Piglets, Percherons and pickers, at the Fosterfields fair in Morris Township

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By Jeff Sovelove

The annual 1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival came to the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, much to the enjoyment of everyone who turned out on what became a beautiful late summer day.  

Riding sidesaddle, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Riding sidesaddle, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Meyersville Grange was there to show off various common implements from yesteryear, including hand mixers, razors, and other household necessities.

Visitors were treated to demonstrations including sidesaddle riding, blacksmithing, cider pressing, Charleston lessons, and the Long Hill String Band.  

 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

The farm's sow with her 4 week old piglets, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Making a new line, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Finally caught, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Long Hill String Band, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Riding sidesaddle, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
George and Caroline from Morristown with Major, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Hobbes, the farm's retired Belgian Draft Horse, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Major, one of the farm's Percheron draft horses, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Farm livestock, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cows having a snack, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Blacksmithing , Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove,
Blacksmithing demonstration, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mackenzie, 9, grinding corn, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Mackenzie, 9 from Hardyston grinds corn and demonstrates a water wheel, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
They've almost got the piglet corralled Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A 4 month old piglet, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The piglet to be weighed, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Meyersville Grange shows off everyday implements from yesteryear, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Chickens at Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Erica from Bloomfield and Tracy form Neptune with Gilley, their sidesaddle horse, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Blacksmithing demonstration, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Meyersville Grange shows off everyday implements from yesteryear, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Freshly sheared sheep's wool, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The farm's Chore Boy, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Kids got to grind corn and wheat into flour and see how a water wheel works with the miller from the Cooper Grist Mill, or milk the farm’s wooden cow, “Woodie.”

There were cute little piglets about 4 weeks old, sheep, cows, and of course chickens and turkeys.  

Visitors also got to interact with King and Major, the farm’s two Percheron draft horses.

Finally caught, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Finally caught, Fosterfields Farm Fair, Sept. 17, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The highlight of the day, however, was the piglet weighing. The piglets were born in May and can gain up to a pound a day until they reach their final weight of about 300 pounds.

Before you can weigh a piglet you need to catch the piglet, so the farmer enlisted plenty of help from the audience to try to gently guide the piglets into the weighing box.

It was close but the playful piglet kept eluding the lined-up kids until the farmer took matters into his own hands and scooped up the squirmy devil. Despite all of the squealing, no piglets or kids were harmed during the weighing.  And the piglet weighed 83 pounds.

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