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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Crowds enjoy summer fun at Middlesex County Fair


Amy Boslet, 5, of Edison, tries to toss one in for the win as mom Tammy (l), aunt Sherry Dixit of East Brunswick and dad Rich look on during the Middlesex County Fair in East Brunswick Aug.6.

EAST BRUNSWICK — Eyes gazing into the flashing lights of fair rides above, smiles slathered in cotton candy, and faces bright with the glow of summer were all found yet again at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds last week.
A mix of traditional Americana classics and new attractions drew the public to the 73rd annual fair. Residents could be on the Ferris wheel one moment, then be wowed by live grizzly bears and a fire juggler the next.
“We like to think it is one of the most significant opportunities to bring together people from all over Middlesex County to a common event that celebrates our agricultural heritage,” fair coordinator Dan Mulcahey said.
Not only is the fair a place for the community to gather for entertainment, rides, and of course those treats that simply taste sweeter at the fair, but it is also an opportunity to promote education and agriculture.
“We have focused on nurturing the traditional parts of the fair that make it unique to any other event in the county, [including] the home arts competition, crafts demonstrations, 4-H, fruits/vegetables/livestock [and] vintage farming equipment,” Mulcahey said.
There is one major difference setting the Middlesex County Fair apart from the other fairs of central Jersey.
“Few people realize we are a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization run by volunteers,” Mulcahey explained.
This drastically changed the financial dynamic, he said.
“Many of these fairs, however, are run by the county government; whereas, we are strictly a volunteer operation that derives its funding from operation of the annual fair,” he said, noting that profits are then used for the following year. “The Middlesex County FairAssociation also donates thousands of dollars each year to local charities that support our mission of promoting agriculture, education and community.”read more:http://eb.gmnews.com/news/2011-08-11/Front_Page/Crowds_enjoy_summer_fun_at_Middlesex_County_Fair.html

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