EAST AMWELL - The 20th annual Hunterdon County 4-H and Agriculture Fair runs Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 21-25 at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds on Route 179 just south of Ringoes.
The Fair will once again offer some new and different events, along with the tried and true, said President Bob Hoffman of Tewksbury. The Blindfolded Garden Tractor Driving Contest, inaugurated last year, will now be open to youths 16 and above, along with adults. A new event is the Pie Eating Contest, set for the Goat Barn.
Although the Fair features many shows for youth in the 4-H program, adults can compete in many events.
In the Needlework and Home Arts Division, there’s a new set of classes, for all sorts of bead projects. Bead jewelry is huge in the art/craft community now and beaders will be able to compete at the Fair. Participants will have the chance to win ribbons along with bragging rights for their work.
“I felt that this art form was not present at the fair all these years, and since we have a local bead society, this would be a great venue to showcase the public’s pieces”, said Susan Fellin, one of the bead show organizers. There will be classes for bead clothing, accessories, stringing, weaving, looming, crocheting, and more including metal work and wire work.
Submission of items will be only on Saturday morning, Aug, 17 in the Extension Center, (Building #2) at 314 Route 12 in Raritan Township, the same complex as the County Library. Entries will be judged Monday, Aug. 19 and then displayed at the Fair, in the Ramsburg Building. Go to the website at HunterdonCountyFair.com for all the rules and other details.
The handiwork division also has open shows for needlework, quilts and hooked rugs. All the specifics are on the website.
The flower show was started in 2018 to let gardeners exhibit their prowess, and organizers expect more participants this time. It has three dozen classes, ranging from ageratums and asters to sunflowers and zinnias, along with a class for wild flowers.
There’s also a vegetable show to choose the best specimens, based on uniformity, quality and other attributes. A separate contest is for biggest entries: the largest, longest, and so on beet, carrot, pumpkin, tomato and so on. A perennial favorite, it has 38 classes ranging, from the biggest beet to the longest carrot to the largest sunflower head. And there's also a class for what the judges determine is the "most unusual looking" vegetable.
Other contests the public can enter include jellies, preserves, baked goods, honey, farm field crops and dairy cows. For details, go to the website.