FLEMINGTON, NJ – As the opening of the annual Hunterdon County 4-H Fair approaches, many people anticipate their favorite fair food, rides, or games. Others have a favorite exhibit or demonstration, whether it’s the competitive tomato contest, horse shows, or tractor pulls.

But one of the Fair’s most honored events happens at the opening ceremony, when the Hunterdon County Veterans’ Recognition Medals are awarded.

This year, more than 50 of Hunterdon’s veterans will be so honored. The ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Roger K. Everitt Fairgrounds, which is located in the South County Park just outside of Ringoes on Route 179.

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Past medal recipients and all other Hunterdon veterans are invited to attend the ceremony to join in the salute the 2019 recipients.

“The Veterans Recognition Medal program allows both public officials and residents to meaningfully and publicly thank those Hunterdon County men and women who have faithfully served our nation in the military,” said Hunterdon County Freeholder Deputy Director John E. Lanza in a press release.

“The annual and well attended ceremony is always full of patriotism and high spirits,” he said. “However, it is really all about recognizing our veterans’ service and sacrifice in the defense of our nation and protection of our freedoms.”

Hunterdon veterans who have not previously received a medal and are interested in applying for the 2020 Veterans’ Recognition Medal can contact Rich Booth, the County’s Veterans’ Services Officer, by calling 908-788-1361.

The Hunterdon County Veterans Recognition Medal was commissioned by the Freeholders in 2002. The design for the medal was created by John N. Hatzikalfas of Team Graphics in Flemington, who is a Vietnam veteran.

The program is held on the Fair’s Main Stage, with Dan "Dr. D” Torrone serving as the Master of Ceremonies.

More information on the Hunterdon County 2019 4-H & Agricultural Fair can be found online. The Fair runs through Sunday, August 25.

Special parking for Veterans is available by contacting Ruthi Cass by phone at 908-788-1104 or by email to veterans@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Refreshments will be served after the ceremonies.