Your special family recipe, homegrown vegetables or creative project could earn you a blue ribbon at this year’s Mercer County 4-H Fair. There are many “Open Division” categories for public entries — you do not need to be a 4-H member to exhibit. Any class listed, including arts and crafts, photography, foods, gardening, clothing, woodworking and more, may be entered under the Open Division.
This year Mercer County 4-H is marking 101 years of annual 4-H fairs, an inspirational community event showcasing the talents of the general public as well as those of 4-H members. Please visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair, where you will find the fair exhibitor catalog and a complete schedule. Projects will be received from the general public for entry in the fair on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township.
The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Admission and parking are free. Children’s activities, hay rides, animal shows, music, farm tours 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. 3 in the Show Tent.
Mercer County is providing free round-trip shuttle service to the fair from the Mercer County 4-H office at 1440 Parkside Ave. in Ewing (immediately behind the ShopRite located on Olden Avenue — on NJ Transit bus route 601). Space is limited, so sign up no later than July 22 at http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair.
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.
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) 989-6830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, seven miles north of Washington Crossing. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530.