Warren Township's fifth annual Yuletide Bonfire Festival offered more activities for kids, and with the added blessing of warm temperatures, drew a larger crowd than previous years' events.
Top draws this year were the horse-drawn carriage rides, sponsored by The Learning Experience, trains rides and the carousel ride—although a steady line kept Girl Scouts handing out cookies and cupcakes and volunteers with the Watchung Hills Junior Warriors handing out hot chocolate and donuts busy (a hungrier line formed at the Who Let the Dawgs Out concesssion van).
Warren's fire department and Rescue Squad volunteers offered information, gave out hats and prizes to winners of stacking games.
Mayor Vic Sordillo opened the festival, and thanked Recreation Director Eleanora Hermann for organizing the festival's many free programs for families to enjoy.
Sponsors included Warren Blueridge Sportsmen Club, Girl Scouts, Lions Club, Warren Patch, Echo Sentinel, Forest Lodge, Starbucks, Warren Dunkin Donuts, Ciro’s Pizza, Scott Tagman, Efingers of Bound Brook, Anderson Arbor Care, from Martinsville, and the American Heart Association.