The Warren County Farmers’ Fair is famous for its Hot Air Balloon Festival, but those glorious balloons aren’t the only attraction worth the trek.
Visitors to the Fair have a huge selection of food choices from fresh baked pies to pulled pork and everything in between. And the best part, everything falls in the $5-$7 dollar range. Try doing that at most events these days. You can even find some cool, refreshing Snapple water at the Snapple Tent for just $1 a bottle.
Did we say pie? How about freshly made every evening by the members of the Stewartsville Grange. We are not just talking the flavor of the day here folks, we are talking 15 different varieties of homemade pie.
What’s a Grange you ask? (Even if you didn’t ask, we’re gonna tell you) A grange is a fraternal organization that encourages families to work together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture. There are two remaining that run food stands at the Fair – one just mentioned and the other is the Warren Pomona Grange.
The Warren Pomona Grange offers the only sausage sandwiches and fresh cut French fries on the Fairgrounds. Their all-American menu includes hamburgers, pork roll and the like.
If you’re a sports enthusiast, visit The Warren Hills Wrestling Club’s booth were they will be serving up their healthy beef and chicken taco salads. This group also organizes the Invitational Wrestling Tournament on closing day Saturday, August 3. The event begins at 8 am, when they begin serving up breakfast for the day.
Are you a member of a Lions Club? Show your support to one of several represented at the Fair. The Harmony Lions Club is known for its pulled pork and a menu with so many choices it’s hard to decide. The Knowlton Lions Club serves up funnel cakes and Jersey Fresh roasted sweet corn with their own special blend of spices to add a little kick, and fresh squeezed lemonade. For one night only, on opening day Saturday, July 27, support the Belvidere Lions Club and their Chicken BBQ fundraiser.
Lastly, let’s talk more about desserts. How about a fresh Peach Sundae from Mackey’s Orchard and Ice Cream Barn. Or support the 4-H Milk booth and purchase an ice cream, cold milk or other beverages. If you visit on Sunday you can partake in the largest sundae – a HUGE sundae build and scooped out by the directors and Fair Queen and Princess, for free, while supplies last.
Gates Open at 11 am from Saturday July 27 to Friday August 2, and 8 am on closing day Saturday, August 3. On select days and for your enjoyment some of our local clubs have shows that begin prior to our official open times. Exhibit buildings, vendor booths, food stands open by 12 noon. http://www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org/