EAST AMWELL - The 20th annual Hunterdon County 4-H and Agriculture Fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 21 through Aug. 25 at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds on Route 179 just south of Ringoes.
It features the largest antique tractor display in the Northeast, dozens of shows and contests, all sorts of food, a variety of amusement rides for all ages, tractor pulls, free Main Stage entertainment, and lots more. The Blindfolded Garden Tractor Driving Contest on Saturday morning, inaugurated last year, is now open to youths 16 and above, along with adults. A new event is the Pie Eating Contest, set for in the Goat Barn.
The new Hunterdon Hogs Club will be involved in the fair including its Parade of Breeds. Members will have pigs and piglets for the public to squeal over. Their swine are in addition to the racing pigs, a Fair staple for many years.
The new Hunterdon County Dairy Princess, Rachel Ewing, and her court of Dairy Ambassadors will give away samples of dairy products each afternoon, at the Dairy Den. On Friday starting 2 p.m., they will make and give away free ice cream sundaes.
The 2019 American Honey Queen, Hannah Kim Sjostrom of Maiden Rock, Wisc., is appearing as a is a guest of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association and will speak to fairgoers about importance of honeybees to their lives and how honeybee pollination connects our diverse society.
Tractor pulls are both Wednesday morning and evening, along with a garden tractor pull Saturday morning and a pedal tractor pull for kids on Sunday. The Wednesday night show, which includes a pickup truck class, is the only attraction with a fee, $5 per spectator. All other shows and entertainment are free and just about everything is held in a building or tent. So rain showers won’t stop most activities.
The Main Stage will offer all kinds of acts and presentations each day and night, organized and hosted by volunteer Dan “Dr. D” Torrone of Clinton, a former 4-H member. "Tractor Dave" Bond, a Delaware Township farmer, and his Real Country Band take the stage at Thursday night but at a new time, 6. They’ll be followed by Jet Weston & His Atomic Ranch Hands, a group new to the Fair. Others performing include Presley & Taylor, a country sister duo based in Nashville on Friday evening, followed by a big fireworks show at dusk; and the Jess Zimmerman Band on Sunday afternoon. Johnny Counterfit and the Time Travelers Band, whose show includes singing, comedy and imitations of other artists and celebrities, take the stage Saturday night.
The multiple food vendors are offering all sorts of items to eat, drink or snack on. One new addition offers seafood items such as lobster rolls.
The entire fair schedule, including Main Stage entertainment, is on the website HunterdonCountyFair.com which also lists all the show days and times. The Fair has a $10 per vehicle parking fee but no per-person charge for admission. The parking fee is shared with the volunteer fire companies whose members supervise the parking fields.
The fairgrounds is at South County Park, 1207 Route 179 (use Lambertville for GPS directions). Successor to Flemington Fair, it was held at Flemington Fairgrounds starting in 2000, moving to its current site four years later. Roger Everitt, the fair’s president from the start, passed away two years ago.