4-H fair features animals, artists, crafts and more

While the main stage at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair provides entertainment, such as singers, dancers and more each afternoon and evening, there is much more going on.

The fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, August 24-28, at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds, South County Park, 1207 Route 179 just south of Ringoes, NJ

Entries are sought for the Sewing and Home Arts Show at the fair. Classes cover knitting, embroidery, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, beadwork and metalwork.

Entries must be submitted in person, to the office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon, 314 Route 12, Building #2, (same complex as the County Library), Raritan Township on Saturday, August 20 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Just after the fair’s opening ceremonies on Wednesday night comes the Hay Bale Toss; Members and leaders of the Mount Airy Dairy 4-H Club have organized many activities for visitors to the Dairy Barn, and various 4-H animal shows are scheduled each day, including cows, horses, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry and dogs.

New this year is the educational and entertaining Agri-Puppets puppet show, all about farming and animals. Also new is the Space Adventures Thrill Show on the main stage. Acts include acrobats, aerial jumps, a comedy trampoline and “juggling” with the planets (with audience participation).

Main stage entertainment, hosted by former 4-H’er Dan “Doctor D” Torrone of Clinton, includes professional musicians, magicians and comedians, Eyes of the Wild exotic animal presentations, the band of Jug Back Porch, the Lehigh Valley Cloggers, Happy Tappers tap dance group and students from the Rogers Academy of Dance. And 4-H members will take the stage to discuss aspects of their project, such as “How to Weigh and Measure a Horse.”

The Jersey Tenors are the big band on Wednesday night while local favorite Delaware Township farmer Dave Bond and his band Real Country take the stage Thursday night, followed by bluegrass band StoneHearth.

Friday night is a big fireworks display at dusk, during a break from the stage attraction, the Cramer Brothers, a seven-piece country band from Pennsylvania. Saturday night features the Big Horse Band followed by country band Real to Reel.

For the complete schedule of all activities, shows and contests, go to HunterdonCountyFair.com.

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