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Have you perfected a new skill or hobby this year? Maybe you started a project a while back and have finally finished it. Well, bring it over to the 97th annual Mercer County 4-H Fair and the coveted Blue Ribbon could be yours!

There are many “Open Division” categories at the fair and you do not need to be a 4-H member to exhibit. Your special family recipe, homegrown vegetable or creative project could earn a ribbon. Any class listed, including arts and crafts, photography, foods, gardening, clothing, woodworking and more, may be entered under the Open Division. Projects must be received by the fair from the general public for contest entry on Friday, July 31, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Howell Farm.

This year the fair will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 at the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township featuring family-friendly activities, such as arts and crafts, animal shows and farm tours. This year’s theme is “4-H: Think Green, Live Green, Love Green.”

For day of fair info, visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair, where you will find the fair exhibit book. Admission and parking are free. Children’s activities, hay rides and exhibits will take place throughout the fair. Plenty of food and drink, including homemade ice cream, will also be available. The opening ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on Aug. 1.

4-H, a youth development program operated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, provides research-based, hands-on learning experiences for youth in Mercer County. The fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase projects they have worked on throughout the year.

Howell Living History Farm, a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission, is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, two miles south of Lambertville. Visitors using Internet directions should use 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville as the destination address. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information about 4-H or entering projects in the fair, please contact Altaira Bejgrowicz at the Mercer County 4-H Office at (609) 989-6833 or bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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