Hopewell Harvest Fair Celebrates its 33rd year with Live Music, Food, Games, Contests, Farmers, and Crafters
**Saturday, September 21, 2019**
10 AM-4 PM
Harvest Moon Concert Kickoff Event
Friday, September 20 at 6:30
The Hopewell Harvest Fair is back for its 33rd year! This annual event brings together thousands of people from the Hopewell Valley for a day of fun, family, entertainment, and true community connection. The Harvest Moon Concert kicks off the weekend followed by a full day of fair festivities.
HOPEWELL HARVEST FAIR--Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10 AM-4 PM
(Rain date is Sunday, September 22)
LOCATION: Hopewell Elementary School, 35 Princeton Ave, Hopewell, NJ
HARVEST MOON CONCERT--Friday, September 20, 2019 from 6:30-9:30 PM
LOCATION: The Bandstand at Borough Park, 1 South Greenwood Ave, Hopewell, NJ
The beloved Hopewell Harvest Fair features live music all day, the widely popular live scavenger hunt, traditional fair contests for all ages, a fantastic selection of food, and fun activities including:
Music: 1st Constitution Bank is proudly sponsoring the musical line-up under the main tent. Enjoy amazing music all day with: Skip Livingston's Occasional Dixieland Band, American-Folk with Charlotte Kendrick, Brian Elliot, The Brooks Brothers Blues Band, and Rockcital with kids from Hopewell, Pennington, Lawrence and West Windsor.
Fun and Games: Petting Zoo with Mercer County 4H, straw maze, pony rides sponsored by Morgan R. Sayre, State Farm Insurance (10:30 to 3:30 PM), giant inflatable slide and 40-foot obstacle course, build-your-own-scarecrow, Find Freddy (a live scavenger hunt!), face-painting, Kids Korner, and free country games including sack races, donuts-on-a-string and more! (Prices posted at each event and at the Ticket Tent.)
Traditional Fair Contests: Bake-off, homegrown vegetable display (including prize for ugliest carrot!), doggie dress-up, kids art and lego contest, photography contest (More info and contest deadlines listed below. Register at: https://www.hopewellharvestfair.org/contest-registration)
Town Square: New this year! In an effort to get back to its historic roots, this year’s Harvest Fair adds the exciting new Town Square, which will create a more engaging and personal atmosphere for all fairgoers and vendors. Local businesses and nonprofits bring fun and free activities for fair goers of all ages. “Pop-up” shops will sell and exhibit local retailer’s goods.
Crafters Court: Sponsored by dandelion wishes, this fair favorite features local businesses handmade goods and wares.
Food and Farms: Fine local food and drinks from Antimo’s Italian Kitchen, Northeast Kettle Korn, Sweet Sourland Farms, Thana Thai, Tomatello’s, Veda Kitchen and more!
2019 Hopewell Harvest Fair Chairperson Heidi Wilenius remarked, “We are so excited for the Hopewell Harvest Fair this year. We are beyond thankful for our generous sponsors who make this incredible event possible and who continue to invest in our community. With the revamped Town Square and Crafter’s Court, we’re hoping to showcase our amazing local businesses, non-profits, and our talented artisans as we celebrate this wonderful community.”
The Harvest Moon Concert kick-off event on Friday, September 20 at 6:30 PM at the Bandstand at Borough Park features live music by the popular band Castle Lane. A $5 donation is suggested, with all proceeds benefiting the Hopewell Harvest Fair. The Hopewell Borough Fire Department will have food available for sale.
Find all information related to the fair in the The Hopewell Harvest Fair Almanac, released this week. Almanacs can be picked up at the Hopewell Library, Post Office, and many local businesses, including Boro Bean, The Peasant Grill, Hopewell Pharmacy, twine., Pennington Bagel, and many others. The Almanac features Cover Art Contest winner Pauline Brillouet’s beautiful red truck harvest painting. Brillouet, a junior at Hopewell Valley Central High School received $500 for her prize winning entry.
Fair President Roxanne Klett has worked on the fair for 15 years and is the longest serving person on the Hopewell Harvest Fair board. Klett said, “We’re so pleased with the growth of our committee and the new energy they are bringing to the Fair! We can’t wait to share this wonderful day with the community, and we invite anyone who is interested in helping out to check out our volunteer opportunities!”
The Hopewell Harvest Fair has been a staple of this small town for more than thirty years, and the reach of the event extends beyond Fair day. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, each year the Hopewell Harvest Fair Community Grant Program distributes small grants to local nonprofit organizations. To date, they have donated more than $200,000 to over 60 local nonprofits.
The Hopewell Harvest Fair is very fortunate to have the strong support of local merchants and corporate neighbors. Many thanks to this year’s generous sponsors:
Fair proceeds go to support the Hopewell Harvest Fair Community Grant Program. Nonprofit organizations may apply for 2019 grants online at https://www.hopewellharvestfair.org/grants. Deadline is October 5.
How many Hopewells? How many times does the word “Hopewell” appear in the Almanac? Submit your guess at the Fair Info Booth by 12 PM. A random winner will be chosen from the correct entries to win a $50 Gift Certificate donated by The Peasant Grill.
Doggie Dress-up: Does your dog have the “Best Smile,” “Most Personable” demeanor, or “Most Stylish Outfit”? Pre-register online or at the fair.
Homegrown: Win prizes for “Fantastic Flowers,” “Edible Art,” “Great Gourds,” “Big & Beautiful Bounty,” or “Ugliest Carrot.” Pre-register online or at the fair.
Photography: Contest categories are, Kind, Blue, Play, Door, and Hometown Pride. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Entries due by Sept. 15 (digital) and Sept. 19 (print).
Kids' Art and Lego: Two separate contests for kids to show off their creativity and ingenuity. Pre-register online or at the fair.
Find Freddy: Dress up as a costumed character for our living scavenger hunt. Register online by September 17
Hopewell Fall Baking Championship: Judging categories are Fall Flavors and Vegan for Adults; Cut-Out Cookies for Elementary School; and Imposter Desserts for Middle/High School. Register online by September 15.
Photos of last year’s fair available upon request.