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Groton's Anna Solomon, Krisin Fuller, and Noah Solomon paint a picnic table to get ready for this weekend's Middlesex County 4-H FairKaren Fuller

Groton’s Anna Solomon, Krisin Fuller, and Noah Solomon paint a picnic table to get ready for this weekend’s Middlesex County 4-H Fair

The approach of Labor Day heralds the end of summer, the start of school… and for a number of Groton kids, the 58th Annual Middlesex County 4-H Fair. The area’s largest agricultural extravaganza runs from this weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 22-24 at the Middlesex County 4-H Fairgrounds, 55 South Chelmsford Road (Route 110) in Westford.

This year, Groton resident Catie Dunn is one of the Fairs Directors, and Groton resident Joe Hamelin is an Honorary 4H Fair Director.

A news release from the fair describes it as “The Middlesex County 4-H Fair presents the classic New England fair experience. Focused on the 4-H youth of Middlesex County, it provides an opportunity for them to showcase their projects and the public to enjoy and learn about them. The fair is an agricultural, non commercial, youth fair, and all of the exhibitors are members of 4-H Clubs around Massachusetts. The fair is the perfect day out for youth and their families. All parts of the fair are accessible to the public, providing a unique opportunity for children and adults to interact with the projects and the youth of 4-H.

Groton's Anna Solomon will be in the Middlesex County 4-H Fair horse show this weekend

Groton’s Anna Solomon will be in the Middlesex County 4-H Fair horse show this weekend

What kinds of animals can you see at the fair? Cows, horses, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs, chickens and much more! What else is there to do at the fair? Ride a pony; Have your face painted; Jump in a moonwalk; Eat chicken BBQ; See many shows and exhibits; View static entries including arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, photography and much more!

Noah Solomon will show his goats at the 4-H fair this weekend

Noah Solomon will show his goats at the 4-H fair this weekend

A new activity, a Youth Farmer’s Market, will be held on Saturday. Donations of vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers will be collected from 4-H families and sold to benefit the fair. Four-H members will also be selling reusable 4-H Fair shopping bags to bring purchases home.

Daily admission is $8 for ages 10 and up, $6 for 65 years and up, $3 for 4 to 9 years, free for 3 years and under. Hours are Friday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is free parking in the parking lot on Route 110 with a free bus ride to and from your car and the main admission gate on Route 10 — just follow the signs. Handicap parking is available along the roadway next to the fairgrounds, but a valid handicap sticker is required. There is paid parking available next to the fairgrounds for $5 per car per visit.

The fair’s website is http://www.4hmiddlesexfair.org/ and has more information about the event.