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.
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.
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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.
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.