EAST AMWELL – The county’s own Joe Piscopo is among the Main Stage performers planned at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair.
The show featuring Piscopo, of Lebanon Township, is one of more than 50 acts, entertainers and contests on the Main Stage schedule of the fair, which runs Aug. 22-26.
Dan "Dr. D" Torrone of Clinton, a professional entertainer and former Hunterdon 4-H Sheep Club member, arranges the stage activities and plans a variety of acts and attractions each day and night. There’ll be country, bluegrass, oldies and musical tribute groups, Bob Lloyd’s “More Than Magic”, the Happy Tappers senior tap dance group, the Lehigh Valley Cloggers, 4-H member presentations and much more.
Piscopo, joined by a band, will take the stage Friday night, Aug. 24, before the big Fireworks Show at dark. A comedian, actor, musician, writer and syndicated radio talk show host, he is probably best known for his work on Saturday Night Live in the 1980s, where he played a variety of recurring characters. His live performance will interspersed with the showing of clips from his various acts, Torrone said.
Earlier Friday evening the Belle Tones will be featured. They’re a female trio that sings, dances, tells jokes, and honors American veterans. Their repertoire includes popular music from the 1920's through the 1980s. They will also serve as the introductory group before the county Veterans Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday afternoon of the fair’s opening day.
Another major act is the Redhead Express, a group coming to Hunterdon after the Iowa State Fair and before the Minnesota State Fair. They are the featured act Wednesday night and according to Torrone put on quite a show, with various influences coming together to bring what’s been termed folk-rock, folk-pop or alternative country.
Thursday night’s Main Stage schedule starts out with the Stone Hearth Bluegrass Band, followed by local favorite Dave Bond and his Real Country band. A farmer and retired farm machinery dealer, he sings traditional country music. Saturday afternoon’s acts include the Back Porch Jug Band, Rob Trout and the Flounders (a “light” rock” group), and at night We May Be Right, a Billy Joel tribute band.
Torrone opens the stage daily with music, games, fun and trivia. Each day there’s “Hunterdon’s Got Talent” which showcases residents displaying their various talents and “4-H Live on Stage” featuring members demonstrating or discussing something related to their projects. Each day Eyes of the Wild, a traveling exotic animal show, where animals, education, and fun collide, will be presented on the stage.
The fair’s final day starts with Sunday Morning Reflection and Song (inspirational and spiritual music) followed by Eyes of the Wild, Hunterdon’s Got Talent and a Pedal Tractor Pull for kids. The final stage act is the Cowboy Church Variety Show, featuring Bill Ponnett, and the Mid-life Cowboy Band.
The Wednesday night tractor pull which includes a truck pull class, is the only event with a charge, $5 per spectator. Fair admission is free and includes all the Main Stage shows. Parking is $10 per vehicle; the money is shared with the volunteer fire companies whose members supervise the parking fields. For more information go to HunterdonCountyFair.com