83rd annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair celebrates return (PHOTOS)

You can’t really practice the frying pan throw, Jenelle Montilone said after scorching the competition Saturday on opening day of the 83rd annual Warren County Farmers’ Fair.

“You just show up,” the Phillipsburg mom said after winning her age bracket and besting Alex Walton, of Bethlehem, to take the championship of the quirky women’s-only contest.

Montilone’s son, Tristen, 12, and 1 and 1/2-year-old daughter Josie were there to cheer her on as she hurled a six-pound cast-iron pan 51.4 feet, in one of the first events of the fair celebrating its return from last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It runs through next Saturday, Aug. 7, at the fairgrounds between Route 519 and Strykers Road in Harmony Township. Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for those younger. Parking is free, and credit cards are accepted at the gate.

There’s plenty to see and do, from main events like balloon launches nightly and demolition derbies Sunday and Friday to livestock competitions and children’s activities. And, of course, there are a variety of food and drink, from the likes of the Warren Hills Regional High School Blue Streaks wrestlers’ stand, ice cream from Mackey’s Orchard, a beer garden open both Saturdays and Friday of the fair with Hackettstown-based Czig Meister Brewing Co. and many more vendors.

All the details are at warrencountyfarmersfair.org, including the 2021 schedule of events.

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Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com.