On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the 32nd Annual Hopewell Harvest Fair will be held on the grounds of Hopewell Elementary School on Princeton Avenue in Hopewell, NJ, from 10am –4pm. (The rain date is Sunday, Sunday, September 23.)
Festivities start Friday, September 21 at 7pm in Hopewell’s Gazebo Park at the Harvest Moon Concert. Pennington band BOXOROX will perform to benefit the Hopewell Harvest Fair Community Grant Program. The Hopewell Fire Department will sell food and drinks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy!
At the main event on Saturday, new and returning activities include:
- Activities for kids of all ages: Games, Petting Zoo with Mercer County 4H Clever Clovers, Pony Rides (12-3), inflatables, make-your-own scarecrows, face-painting, free demos with Hopewell Fire Dept., and more!
- Old-fashioned country fun: A bake-off, homegrown vegetable displays, a straw maze and more.
- Entertainment: Live music all day! www.hopewellharvestfair.org for complete line-up.
- Contests for all: Kids’ art and LEGOs, photography, doggie dress-up, costume, homegrown (including Ugliest Carrot!) & bake-off. Visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org/contests to register – free to enter!
- Living scavenger hunt: Find Freddy the Frog and his friends at our unique live scavenger hunt! VOLUNTEERS needed to serve as our living clues. Visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org/contests.
- Crafters’ Tent: Explore the work of talented artists from Hopewell Valley and beyond!
- Farmers’ Market: Flowers and produce from many of our local farms will be for sale.
- Business Alley & Exhibitors’ Row: Learn about local businesses and fair sponsors, non-profit organizations, and those committed to sustainability at “Green Lane”.
“I am so proud of the amazing team of volunteers who have worked really hard to make the 2018 Fair a fun time for all ages,” said Hopewell Harvest Fair planning committee chairperson Heidi Wilenius. “We have many of the old Fair favorites, as well as a few new fun additions! Pick up an almanac in town for all you need to know about the Fair, and for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Peasant Grill by playing ‘How Many Hopewells?’, a game we re-discovered by paging through old almanacs.”
The new artwork created especially for the 2018 Fair by Cover Art Contest winner Sarah Keeler of Pennington is so beautiful, and is commemorated on tee shirts for sale at Seeds to Sew on Seminary Avenue in Hopewell for $15. Proceeds benefit the Hopewell Harvest Fair Community Grant Program.
The Hopewell Harvest Fair brings together residents of the Hopewell Valley each year. It is also a fundraiser for a community grant program that provides support for local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception 32 years ago, over $200,000 has been distributed to deserving local groups.
Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for 2018 grants can apply online at www.hopewellharvestfair.org/grants or at Hopewell Public Library. Applications due October 5, 2018.
The Board of Trustees and Planning Committee would like to extend a huge thank-you to our sponsors, whose generosity makes the Fair and the Community Grant program possible.
Top sponsors include:
- Platinum Plus (Inflatables) Sponsors: 1st Constitution Bank and PNC Bank
- Platinum Sponsor (Pony Rides): Morgan R. Sayre, State Farm Insurance.
- Gold Sponsors: Brick Farm Market, Capital Health System, Dance Exposure II, DeSimone Orthodontics, Edward Jones Investments, Lear & Pannepacker LLP, Dr. Mark McDonough, DMD, Orthodontist, MercerMe, Morehouse Engineering, Music Together Worldwide, Pennington Quality Market, The Village Learning Center, twine., Twirl Toy Shop (Lego Contest Sponsor), Weidel Real Estate of Hopewell – Pennington
- Silver Sponsors: Hopewell Boro Auto Repair, Hunterdon Family Medicine and Sports Medicine at Hopewell Valley, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Sax Wealth Advisors, Sourland Mountain Spirits, Stellitano Heating and Air Conditioning, Studio Neue
- Bronze Sponsors: Art Sparks, Blackwell Memorial Home, Hopewell Motors, Mid-State Equipment Company, Inc., Pennington Dental Associates, Pennington Montessori School, The Pennington Studiofor Dance & Creative Arts, Princeton Montessori School, Total Home Manager, LLC
To learn more about the activities and contests or how to volunteer at the Hopewell Harvest Fair, look for the printed Almanac around town, follow @HopewellHarvestFair on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.hopewellharvestfair.org.