Spirit Of The Jerseys Fair Highlights New Jersey History

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HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – The “Spirit of the Jerseys” State History Fair kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington Crossing State Park in Hopewell Township. The popular fair features free educational and hands-on activities highlighting the long, rich and diverse history of New Jersey.

The fair, to be held in partnership with more than 140 other historic, government, and nonprofit entities and organizations, will take place rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It brings to life five centuries of state history.

Visitors to the fair will encounter some very unique attractions such as a first-hand encounters with re-enactors portraying Martha Washington, Walt Whitman, Molly Pitcher and Benjamin Franklin; an entertaining look at the Tea Party craze of 1773-74 in a production entitled, “I’ll Take No Tea!’’ by the Tuckers’ Tale Puppet Theatre; appearances by Colonial-era magician “Levram the Great;’’ the 78th Army Band Jazz Combo; and the songs and stories of canal boat captain “Cappy Hummel.”

Admission is free. There is a $5 fee per-vehicle parking donation to help defray the costs of the fair. More than 10 food vendors will also be available on site.

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