In an effort to raise awareness for the hearing impaired community, the Middlesex County Fairgrounds in East Brunswick will play home to the 12th annual "Deaf Fest" event next month.
As part of New Jersey Deaf Awareness Week, the festival promotes education and awareness of deaf culture and sign language, while providing role models for young deaf and hard of hearing children. But the festival is also about entertainment. In addition to several agencies, companies and non-profit organizations exhibiting their information and products, there will also be a number of vendors on hand selling homemade products.
Family entertainment will be provided by deaf performers, including Douglas Ridloff, Manny Hernandez and the magician, Matt Morgan. There will also be a number of food vendors, exhibits and activities all day long, with a focus on children at Bonnie’s Kiddie Korner.
The event, sponsored by the Northwest Jersey Association for the Deaf (NWJAD), began in 1991 and has been held bi-annually at the Middlesex County Fairground since 2005 as part of Deaf Awareness Week.
"Deaf Fest" is scheduled for Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fairgrounds, located at 655 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick. Click here for more information.