CREAMERY PA – They came Thursday (Aug. 7, 2014) from everywhere in Montgomery County, these competitors for the biggest zucchini, the best-tasting pie, the most appealing goat, the heaviest pig. They carried their prizes from gardens in Lower Pottsgrove and coops in Stowe. They trucked in animals from Limerick, Ambler, Harleysville and Lansdale. They displayed their arts, their crafts, their paintings, their photos.
In all, the hundreds of participants in this year’s edition of the annual 4-H Fair, at the county Cooperative Extension grounds in the village of Creamery on Route 113 north of Trappe, put on quite a show for its opening.
The fair continues today (Friday, Aug. 8) and Saturday. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. There are games, amusements, food, and vendors with fun take-home items.
Mostly, though, there is pride, and wonder, and awe. You can see those qualities in the faces of young men and women who have made raising livestock a labor of love. They’re in the meticulous handiwork of women who take seemingly unmatched pieces of cloth and sew them into luxurious quilts. It shines from the eyes of parents and grandparents, who remember when their parents and grandparents brought them to the fair.
So come along; enjoy the sights, soak in the atmosphere, sample a treat … oh, and watch where you step.
- See a gallery of photos taken Thursday at the fair. Click on any thumbnail photo below to see it on a separate page, then click the photo there to see it in full size.
Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC