EAST AMWELL – For the first time, a flower show open to the public will be part of the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, which runs Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 22-26 at the Roger Everitt Fairgrounds, South County Park.
This show is for flowers raised in anywhere in New Jersey, by the exhibitor. Flowers will be displayed in glass jars provided by the entrant. There are 35 classes ranging from ageratum and aster to sunflower and zinnia, along with flowering shrubs and even wild flowers, provided they are identified on the entry card.
While in the past the fair has included a show for floral arrangements, this is the first for flowers just as they are picked.
“We’ve been participating in fruit and vegetable judging at the Hunterdon County 4-H & Agricultural Fair for many years, and we are truly excited about the inclusion of a public flower show this year,” said Rebecca Magron, horticultural consultant and research associate for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County.
“There are delightful flowers in all types of home gardens and landscapes in Hunterdon County and surrounding areas, and we are all looking forward to seeing what the public brings,” she said.
Exhibitors don’t pre-register, just show up Tuesday, Aug. 21 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to fill out entry forms. Judging will be later that day. There is no registration cost. Ribbons will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners. All the details includes classes are listed under “Open Shows” on the Fair website, HunterdonCountyFair.com.
Besides the flower show, there are many other contests at the fair for the public enter. They include fruits, vegetables and farm field crops; baked goods, jellies and preserves and canned foods; quilts, needlework and hooked rugs; dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats, tractor pulls and antique tractors.
There’s even a honey show. While it’s restricted to paid members of the N.J. Beekeepers Association, people can join now or on taking their entries to the fair. All the details are on the website.
The fairgrounds is at 1207 Rt. 179, just south of Ringoes and near the Route 202 interchange. The parking fee is $10 per vehicle but there is no per-person admission charge.