Springfield Twp. – Tractors were pulled, pans thrown, farm pets and knots tied at the Burlington County Farm Show last week.
After a two-summer hiatus, the farm fair concluded its 75th summer on Saturday. What are the highlights? Depends on who you ask.
4-H Club leader Jennifer Figueroa looked for dairy cows and a frying pan when she wasn’t helping out on the organizational side with setup and club events.
I’ve competed in pan throwing in years past, and it’s a daily event for women to throw pans as often as possible.
Andrand added reassuringly.
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Stacy Powell came out of Dilanco to see horse shows. Her family first took part in the show in 2017, when Powell’s daughter started horse riding. This year, she participated in the Western Horse Show on Friday.
Powell, who was perched in the stands on the horse yard Thursday morning watching other kids perform with their horses, said she believes the farm fair shows visitors what Burlington County can offer.
“I don’t think a lot of people think about farmers or think about the agricultural aspect of New Jersey,” Powell said. “Kids, put a lot of work into it to get ready for a fair week.”
The farm fair typically sees 50,000 to 75,000 participants each year. The turnout this summer has been lower, said Rosemary Kay, the gallery’s director, but it has been in bloom around 6 p.m. each day as temperatures drop in the evening.
The show took place in an extremely hot week this summer. The fair organizers anticipated this and opened tours and trade fairs at 4pm every day – a focus from years past when the Games opened earlier. Kay said they will definitely keep that starting time for later to move forward with future summers.
Under the harsh sun, cool-down mechanisms were common in the gallery: children’s pools, a master’s in the dining pavilion, tents and trees for shade, and occasional slides.
“It’s summer in New Jersey. It’s just a fact of life that we all have to live with. We can’t change it,” Kay said of the heat on Friday, adding a shout-out to the medical volunteers who are stationed there every day to take care of everything from bee stings to exhaustion. thermal.
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Some leaders of the 4-H Club expressed how wonderful it was to be back to see the vibrant gallery community once again. George Fries, who co-led four 4-H Kids’ Clubs devoted to small animals with his wife, Cindy, joked that preparation this year has been difficult because he forgot where to pack things three years ago.
“Things in the house, like odds and ends,” he said, pointing to the sign placed at one of the entrances to the tent. “It’s like, where the hell did you put that?”
Fries said some adults came to him with their kids and said they used to be at his club when they were kids. He admitted that he recognized every face, even if he could not remember every name.
Tracy Rose has also been going to the show for the longest time she can remember. Now she and her family run a farm in Southampton. They brought four horses to the show this year.
A handwritten note taped to one of the horse stalls wrote, “Please don’t pet me! I’m a little cranky!”
Rose’s three children, Easton, Kaley, and Mia, are all knowledgeable about horse riding and horse care. They also participate in 4-H clubs. On Thursday evening, they bring the horses to meet and greet with show-goers. On Friday, they participated in a timed festive horse games.
The Rose family spent the night at the fair as well, sleeping in the tent next to their horses and getting up as early as 5:30 in the morning to take care of them each day. She said that the hands-on experience that the children get at the farm fair, getting to know and taking care of the animals, is valuable for learning about responsibility; Especially in an era dominated by screens and the Internet.
“You actually need to do something – get up and move,” Rose said. “It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your health, and it’s something bigger than you…You have to physically make sure your animal is healthy by keeping it hydrated.”
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New to the show this year were exhibits like the Home Arts Tent, where artists displayed and taught crafts from basket weaving to LEGO assembly on the tent’s front porch area. Kay said the gallery plans to bring that exhibition back next year.
Five couples also got married this year on Wednesday amid bonds of hay and palm trees.
And of course the ranch queen has been crowned: this year, it was Lumberton’s Emily Romano.