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Community group at Bergen County Senior Picnic
One of many community groups at the Bergen County Senior Picnic. Photo courtesy Bergen County Division of Senior Services

Bergen County Senior Picnic

This annual event, which is sponsored by the Bergen County Division of Senior Services, was first held in August 1967, 34 years ago. The county-wide picnic, which is attended by thousands, originated as a day for seniors to become informed of the services which are available to them throughout the area. Over the years, the event has transformed into a social event as well. Musical entertainment, dancing, food, and a flea market have contributed to the increased popularity of the Senior Picnic.

By visiting various tables that are set up around Van Saun County Park, Paramus, seniors are able to speak with representatives and obtain informational literature from a variety of government and several other types of agencies. The picnic acts as an excellent resource for the senior population of Bergen County.

Originally submitted by: Steven R. Rothman, Representative (9th District).

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