Country Fair At Fosterfields This Weekend


A 1920′Photo Country Fair 5s 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 Sun., Sept.13, at the Morris County Park Commission’s Fosterfields Living

Historical Farm in Morris Township.

The event, which runs fromnoon to 5 p.m., will feature food trucks, with a smorgasbord of savory and sweet


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 a 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.

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.

Hop aboard the open air wagon to take

a ride around the farm, or take a spin in an

antique automobile.

Enjoy the live foot-tapping music of the Long

Hill String Band, and move to new dance


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, call 973.326.7645.

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