Busy Bees Club have a buzz at Morris Co. Fair
CHESTER — The horses in the Chubb Park paddock didn’t need a heat advisory to know they wanted some serious hosing down on July 20 at the Morris County 4-H Fair.
The 4-H teens were obliging them between instructional grooming and other demonstrations.
Along with the usual 4-H groups: Seeing Eye Puppies, small animals, poultry, goats, photography, arts and crafts, a brand new club made its first appearance at the fair.
The Busy Bees Club was the inspiration of Mary Demetris, 8, of Ledgewood.
A former member of Furry Friends, she heard honey bees were threatened. “I like bees,” she said, “and I like honey.”
Mary has one hive she keeps with the help of her mother, Barbara. They set up a table with a display of a hive, suit and smoker pot in the hope of signing up new members.
“We’ve just started fund raising,” Barbara Demetris said.
The group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at High View Farms in Budd Lake.
“No experience necessary,” Barbara said, “just come and help the pollinators.”
Another new feature at the fair was Ina Braun with her serger. She was turning old t-shirts into bags.
Braun generally practices her art at farm markets around Morris County but she accepted an invitation to the fair.
She said she had a supply of shirts, a friend gave her a bag with 62 shirts, and was working as she spoke to visitors. She asked them to return with their own t-shirts to turn into shopping bags.
T-shirt fabric doesn’t fray, she noted and the serger creates a clean edge. She cuts off the sleeves and creates two pockets inside the bag. The scraps from the sleeves she saves for stuffing dog beds or other soft items.
Even during the slower, hot afternoon hours, people were stopping by to talk to Braun.
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