Middlesex County Fair

Friendly Faces: Middlesex County Fair 2015

It was anMiddlesex County Fair 2015 man on stiltsother great time at this year’s Middlesex County Fair. My son and his friends loved the rides and exhibits.

Middlesex County Fair 2015 family with books series

A recurring comment: “You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a fried Oreo!” I spent my time at the fair conducting a shape scavenger hunt based on Pick a Circle, Gather Squares, speaking with visitors to the “Hey Kids, Want to Be a Farmer?” pavillion, and signing copies of my books. Here are some of my favorite photos of the new and familiar and always friendly faces I met the past few days…

Middlesex County Fair 2015 adorable book fansMiddlesex County Fair 2015 family with Cheers

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These sisters were so sweet and funny. As were the friends pictured below. And what a great grandma and granddaughter team! I remember meeting them last year and was delighted to sign all my books for them on Saturday!

Middlesex County Fair 2015 grandma and granddaughter 2
Middlesex County Fair 2015 friends

Middlesex County Fair 2015 grandma and granddaughter

Here’s a photo of the recipient of the first book I signed, and her doting grandma! And below, a book-loving Mom and her beautiful family!

Middlesex County Fair 2015 family with Apple Trees

Many thanks to Mary Lou Conover and the other organizers of the fair for inviting me back this year. It was so much fun chatting with all these great kids and their families that I’m already looking forward to next year’s fair!

Middlesex County Fair 2015

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Meet Me at the Fair!

Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New HeightsI’m returning to the Middlesex County Fair !

You can find me in the Hey, Kids, Want to Be a Farmer exhibit August 6, 7, and 8 conducting a shape scavenger hunt and other children’s activities. I’ll be signing and selling copies of my picture book series illustrated by Susan Swan and my forthcoming From Apple Trees to Cider, Please!which last year’s fair visit helped bring to fruition!

From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! coverMiddlesex County Fair Grandma and Grandson Cheers for a Dozen Ears Fans

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A Few More Fair Photos

Well, the Middlesex County Fair is over…until next summer. I had a wonderful time chatting with everyone who stopped by my table to look at my books and participate in the Pick a Circle, Gather Squares scavenger hunt. Here are a few more photos of some of the fun and lovely people I met:
Middlesex County Fair Fun Family Middlesex County Fair Grandma and Grandson Cheers for a Dozen Ears Fans Middlesex County Fair SWS fan mom and daughter

I’m looking forward to returning to the fair next summer! By then I’ll be able to share all four books in my picture book series: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes, Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting, Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color, and Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites (March 2015)!

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Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New Heights

Cheers for a Dozen Ears Reaches New Heights

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A Few More Fair Photos

Felicia Chernesky with Middlesex County Fair Fans August 8 2014Garden State Promise
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A few more Middlesex County Fair photos. Go New Jersey!

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View from the Author’s Seat, Middlesex County Fair Hey Kids You Want to Be a Farmer? Exhibit

View from the Author's Table Middlesex County Fair Hey Kids Want to Be a Farmer Exhibit

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Middlesex County Fair Cheers for a Dozen Ears Fan

Middlesex County Fair Scavenger Hunt kidI had so much fun visiting with families attending the Middlesex County Fair last night. Stationed in the “Hey Kids You Want to Be a Farmer?” exhibit, I signed copies of Cheers for a Dozen Ears  and my other books, and conducted countless Pick a Circle, Gather Squares-based shape scavenger hunts. Here’s a fair fan who took the hunt very seriously—but you can see from her smile she enjoyed searching for rectangles, diamonds, hexagons, and more within the many fun farm-themed activities in the exhibit. My favorite? A heart-shaped patch of black on the hide of a cardboard Holstein in the exhibit!Pick a Circle, Gather Squares--Scavenger Hunt! with x

I’ll be back again tonight, and during the afternoon hours on Saturday and Sunday, and am looking forward to another fresh-squeezed lemonade (super yum!) and samples of Jersey tomatoes and sweet corn from the stand manned by the Middlesex County Extension of the Rutgers Cooperative. Delicious. CHEERS!

p.s. If you’d like to see a nice way to turn your next farm stand visit into a learning opportunity “using Early Literacy’s TalkPlaySingWrite, and Read concepts,” check out yesterday’s post on Cheers, “Going to the Farm Stand,” on One Books, Two Books, Old Books, New Books.

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Meet Me at the Fair!

Final Cover for Cheers for a Dozen Ears, by Felicia Sanzari CherneskyPick a Circle, Gather Squares--Scavenger Hunt! with xMeet me at the Middlesex County Fair! I’m packed and ready for the weekend festivities—from pig races to popcorn.

I’ll be at the “Hey Kids You Want to Be a Farmer?” exhibit from 6:00 to 9:00 tonight and tomorrow, and 1:00 to 4:00 on Saturday and Sunday to sign and sell books, and conduct a shape scavenger hunt and other children’s activities.

Need a respite from the cotton candy carouseling? Stop by for a casual and comfortable colorful counting celebration of the summer season and fall harvest! (And get a snow cone sneak peak of my forthcoming Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color!)

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Chickinspiration

Chickinspiration

I spent a portion of this weekend working on revisions to the text of the fourth book in my seasonal concept book series published by Albert Whitman and illustrated by Susan Swan. This book covers spring and a school field trip to a local farm to see chicks hatch. The concept is opposites, and it’s been the most difficult volume in the series to write. I found a boost of inspiration yesterday when we stopped at a farm stand in Hillsborough and took a few photos of these Rhode Island Red hens. At the stand we bought a dozen large brown eggs, three patty pan squash, and a pint of husk cherries. I’ve seen but never tried them, and they are fascinating in appearance and flavor, which is a cross between a sweet cherry tomato and, to me, a strawberry.

There’s a lot coming up in August, notably my participation at the “Hey Kids, Do You Want to Be a Farmer?” exhibit at the Middlesex County Fair later this week. I’ll be conducting a scavenger hunt and signing and selling copies of my books, Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes and Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting. I have bookmarks, stickers, and erasers for the kids and am looking forward to immersing myself in the county fair setting. I’ve heard there are going to be pig races, and when I close my eyes, I can hear the whir of the carousel and smell that midway popcorn and cotton candy.

But for now, it’s back to the chickens! Bok!

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