Burlington County Farm Fair 2014

 

Sun  setting over the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

Sun setting over the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

 

Located at the Burlington County Fairgrounds on County Rt. 670 (Jacksonville-Jobstown Road) just off Rt. 206 in Springfield Township, NJ, the Burlington County Farm Fair, an annual mid-July event, was held this year from Tuesday, July 15 through Sunday, July 20.

 

Cow for kids to "milk" in the Farmer for a Day exhibit,  7-18-14

Cow for kids to “milk” in the Farmer for a Day exhibit, 7-18-14

Old car at the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

Old car at the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

 

This year’s fair expanded from the traditional four days to six days, and due to the extreme heat during the past few years, many events and competitions were scheduled after 4 pm. Ironically, except for thunderstorms which forced early closure Tuesday evening, the weather during the fair was beautiful, with lower than normal average temperatures. As a result of the changes and the cooler weather, attendance of the fair reached an estimated 85,000 this year, a significant increase over last year’s 50,000.

 

Entering the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

Entering the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

Entering the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

Entering the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission to the fair is free. Parking in the lot across the street is $10 per car. We found the parking and entrance to the fair well-organized and non-stressful. When the main lot filled up, cars were directed to the Columbus Market parking area, where people were shuttled to and from the fair by bus.

Pigs coming out for the pig races, 7-18-14

Pigs coming out for the pig races, 7-18-14

Eggs hatching in an incubator, 7-18-14

Eggs hatching in an incubator, 7-18-14

Chicks, 7-18-14

Chicks, 7-18-14

 

Events at the Farm Fair include 4H animal competitions and horse show, competition for Farm Fair Queen, pony rides, pig races, exhibits of antique and modern farm equipment, tractor pulls, competitions like skillet throwing and spike driving, home arts and crafts, open pet show, scarecrow contest, rides and amusements, car show, country music, clogging, and much more.

 

4H competitor and her 9-week-old rabbit, 7-18-14

4H competitor and her 9-week-old rabbit, 7-18-14

Geese in the poultry tent, 7-18-14

Geese in the poultry tent, 7-18-14

 

The Farm Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for children to see animals up close and even pet them. For those who worry about children catching diseases from animals, everywhere there were animals to pet, there were containers of hand sanitizer. Also provided were portable hand washing stations with soap, water, and paper towels (and porta-potties for other needs).

 

Ducklings, 7-18-14

Ducklings, 7-18-14

Rides at the fair, 7-18-14

Rides at the fair, 7-18-14

 

Let’s not forget food. A large food court offered an array of choices and plenty of seating, trash and recycling receptacles, and hand-washing areas.

 

61 - Sun  setting over the Farm Fair, 7-18-14

 

Congratulations to all the staff and planners for another wonderful event.

 

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About J. Thomas Ross

Since retiring from a career as a high school English and history teacher, I've been pursuing a career as a writer. My main interest is in writing novels, but I've also written short stories and poetry and done a little editing on the side. I am currently working on a Young Adult novel. One of my poems - "Winter" - won an award at the 2010 Philadelphia Writers Conference, and you can find my fantasy short story "A Rock Is a Rock Is a Rock ... Or Is It?" in the anthology Tales of Fortannis: A Bard's Eye View, which is available in print and Kindle format from Amazon and as an e-book from Double Dragon Press.
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