A pie-eating contest during last year’s Mercer County 4-H Fair held at the Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township.

CONTACT: Altaira Bejgrowicz
(609) 989-6833

Event to be held Aug. 2-3 at Howell Living History Farm

TRENTON, N.J. - Did you perfect a new skill or hobby this year? Do you have a finished project you would like to show off? Bring it over to the 96th annual Mercer County 4-H Fair where your special family recipe, homegrown vegetables or creative project could earn a ribbon this summer! You do not need to be a 4-H member to exhibit. The general public is encouraged to submit entries and share in the fun. This year the fair will be celebrated Aug. 2-3, 2014, at Howell Living History Farm in Hopewell Township.

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. This year's theme is a celebration of the 100-year Anniversary of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, of which 4-H Youth Development is a part. 4-H 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.

Please visit http://mercer.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/fair, where you will find the fair exhibit catalog. Any class listed - including fine arts, photography, gardening, clothing and sewing, video and computer projects, 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, Aug. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Howell Living History Farm.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3. Admission and parking are free. Children's activities, hay rides and exhibits will take place throughout the fair. Plenty of music, food and drink, such as homemade ice cream, will also be available. The opening ceremony will take place in the show tent at 1 p.m. on Aug. 2.

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 bejgrowicz@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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