For two days in late July, Howell Farm will be the home of the Mercer County 4-H Fair.
Highlights of the fair will include cow milking, a sheep show, a goat show, a poultry show, and a small animal show.
Tents for the animals and exhibits will be located near the farm’s visitor center.
Howell Farm’s farmers will contribute by running hayrides, giving tours, and conducting historical farming demonstrations out in the fields.
In the 1920s and early 30s, the local Pleasant Valley Calf Club held an annual fair at the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse and grounds adjacent to Howell Farm. These fairs, oganized by the school age children and their parents, drew visitors from many parts of Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. “With this historical basis in mind, we thought the 4-H Fair was a great match for us,” said Pete Watson, Howell Farm director. “With our visitor center barn, we’re now well equipped to handle a fair like this.”