Farm, Home, Youth Fair Continues Through Saturday
COLLEGEVILLE PA – Roosters are crowing, pigs grunting, and rabbits are doing their best to stay cool, thanks to an abundance of electric fans, as Friday (Aug. 13, 2021) marks the second day in a three-day run of the 2021 edition of Montgomery County’s Farm, Home, and Youth Fair (at top, above, and below) at the county 4-H Center, 2015 Bridge Rd.
The fair, roaring back in the wake of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, is packed with family-oriented activities, colorful displays, and 10 different animal-filled tents, barns, pavilions, and open-field horse rings, all within short and easy walking distances. Attendance is free and open to the public; parking costs $5 per car.
Patti Colby of the Farm, Home, and Youth Foundation of Montgomery County said 4-H Club members from across the county were excited to once again show off their best animals and finest craft products to live audiences. It’s been a tradition for decades, and the foundation oversees and coordinates the event with the help of many volunteers.
The fair represents the chance for club members to present their year-end projects. Dozens of youths have spent the past year learning about animal care and husbandry; growing, preparing, and serving foods; and creating or offering a wide variety of clothing, household goods, and services. The foundation board and the clubs work hand-in-hand with several Pennsylvania agricultural agencies, chief among them Penn State Cooperative Extension.
The fair officially debuted Thursday afternoon (Aug. 12) with a parade and opening ceremonies, livestock and indoor exhibits, and a musical concert by Pottsgrove area singer-songwriter Kendal Conrad. It continues Friday until 9 p.m., and will wrap up Saturday (Aug. 14) after a full 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. day.
Younger children are usually attracted to the animal exhibits, and at selected times may even get to pet one or two as their cautious owners permit. Even without that interaction, sights and sounds of the pens, cages, and yards often hold kids spellbound.
Adults generally find the year-end prize animal auctions fascinating; many have never seen one conducted. For some, however, the big attraction are the quilt and hand-made goods displays inside the foundation office and exhibit building. It’s not only eye-popping, but air conditioned.
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