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Event to be held July 30-31 at Howell Living History Farm

TRENTON, N.J. - Need an excuse to put up some jam, tinker with your grandmother’s prize-winning pie or show off that special quilt project on which you’ve been working away? The coveted Blue Ribbon could be yours at the annual 93rd Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair, to be celebrated July 30-31 at the Howell Living History Farm in Titusville. This is the fourth year Howell Farm has hosted this family-friendly event.

Even if you are not a 4-H member and no matter what your age, there are many “Open Division” categories at the fair. Your special family recipe, homegrown vegetable, or creative project could earn a ribbon, and the general public is encouraged to submit entries.

The fair will celebrate 4-H’s long association with Mercer County and Howell Farm by featuring family-friendly activities, such as arts and crafts, animal shows, and farm tours.

Please visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair/index.html, where you can find the fair exhibit book. Any class listed—including arts and crafts, photography, foods, gardening, clothing, woodworking, and more—may be entered under the Open Division. Projects will be received from the general public for entry in the fair on Friday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Howell Living History Farm. For a copy of the event poster, go to http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair/2011-fair-poster.pdf.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 30, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, July 31. Admission and parking are free. Children’s activities, hay rides, and exhibits will take place throughout the fair. Plenty of food and drink, including homemade ice cream, will also be available.

4-H, a youth development program operated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, provides research-based, hands-on learning experiences for youth in Mercer County. The fair is an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase projects they have worked on throughout the year.

For more information about 4-H or entering projects in the fair, please contact Altaira Bejgrowicz at the Mercer County 4-H Office at (609) 989-6833 or at bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Howell Farm is located on Valley Road, just off Rt. 29 two miles south of Lambertville, NJ. Persons using Internet directions should use 70 Woodens Lane, Lambertville as the destination address. Howell Living History Farm is a facility of the Mercer County Park Commission. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.