Wednesday, September 9th, 2015
A 1920s Country Fair and Harvest Festival, complete with farm animals, wagon rides, live period music, a first-floor tour of the Foster mansion and farmhouse, dance lessons, wood-burning cook stove cooking demos, old fashioned games, is scheduled on Sunday, Sept.13, at the Morris County Park Commission’s Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township.
The event, which runs from 12 noon to 5 p.m., also will feature food trucks offering a smorgasbord of savory and sweet options.
Farm animals on hand will include a Belgian draft horse, Jersey cows, chickens, sheep, ducks, turkeys, and pigs – just like back in the 1920s.
This year’s Country Fair features New Jersey’s state animal, the horse! Horses were invaluable on farms a century ago.
Watch as a blacksmith makes horseshoes at the forge, try your hand at old-fashioned games, such as horseshoes and pin-the tail-on-the-horse, and learn about Caroline Foster, who as an accomplished horsewoman and local horse shows in her day.
Other things to do at the fair? You can hop aboard the open air wagon to take a ride around the farm, or take a spin in an antique automobile. Watch a sidesaddle rider, milk the wooden cow, and watch a blacksmith perform his craft. Lend a hand churning butter and pressing apples into cider.
Stop at the 1920s farmhouse to see demonstrations of cooking on a wood-burning cook stove and sewing on a treadle sewing machine take place.
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Enjoy the live foot-tapping music of the Long Hill String Band, and move to new dance steps!
Compare the farmhouse to the 1854 Gothic revival-style mansion, the Willows, which was once home to the Foster family, the previous owners of Fosterfields.
At the Visitors Center, view an array of hand crafts, baked, canned and preserved goods.
What’s a country fair without handcrafted items on display? Enjoy a special exhibit, “The Art of Tatting at the Turn of the 20th Century,’’ which offers extraordinary examples of the handmade lace created by looping and knotting a single strand of heavy thread on a small hand shuttle.
See more colorful handcraft, canned and preserved, and floral and vegetable displays in additional fair exhibits.
Fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for children ages 4-16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a current membership card.
For more information, please call 973.326.7645.