Mercer County 4-H member preparing for the sheep show at 2009 fairFull size photo

Mercer County 4-H member preparing for the sheep show at 2009 fair

CONTACT: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137


Event to be held July 31 and August 1 at Howell Living History Farm


TRENTON, N.J. - 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 to the 92nd Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair, and the coveted Blue Ribbon could be yours! This year the fair will be celebrated July 31 and August 1 at the Howell Living History Farm.

There are many “Open Division” categories at the fair – 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, and the general public is encouraged to submit entries.

The fair will celebrate 4-H’s long association with Mercer County and Howell Farm by featuring family-friendly activities, such as arts and crafts, animal shows, and farm tours. This year’s theme is, “Get Carried Away with 4-H.”

Please visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair, where you will find the fair exhibit book. Any class listed—including arts and crafts, photography, foods, gardening, clothing, woodworking, and more—may be entered under the Open Division.  Projects will be received from the general public for entry in the fair on Friday, July 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Howell Living History Farm.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 31, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 1. 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 July 31.

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) 989-6833 or bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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