The trustees of the Fair created a FARMER OF THE YEAR program in 1992. Now, during every year of the Fair, an individual is selected as the FARMER OF THE YEAR. The selection has been made by the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture and the award will be presented by the Fair Association during the Fair. A permanent plaque is mounted in the lobby of the Fair Office listing the names of those selected as the years go by.
The Farmer of the Year Award for 2019 has been granted to Carolyn "Midge" Hauser.
The PRESENTATIONS will be held on Monday, August 5th, at 6:00 PM.
Farmer of the Year: Carolyn "Midge" Hauser:
Midge was born and raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey and attended and graduated from Cedar Ridge High School in Old Bridge. She then graduated from Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Art History. While there, she participated in a study abroad program, living and studying in Segovia, Spain. She later earned a Masters’ Degree in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College.
Midge began teaching in 1998 and has been teaching Spanish for 21 years, 19 of them in Old Bridge Township. Over the years she has taught grades two through high school.
In 2000, Midge met and married her husband John, a fourth generation farmer and business owner in Old Bridge. As a farmer’s wife and partner, she has many jobs on the farm. Planting, picking, staffing, greenhouse work, taking care of and feeding animals, working at tailgate markets, paperwork, keeping records, promoting their business through social media, community outreach and just about anything else that needs to be done. She also helps John in the running of Browntown Bus Service, Inc., a school bus contracting company and airport service. Midge is especially proud to be a stepmother to Patricia and John Michael, Grandma Midge to Kayla and an aunt to Jackie, Paul, Michaela, John Francis and Eddie.
Midge has been a member of the Middlesex County Board of Agriculture for more than 15 years and was the first woman to serve as President of the Board from 2016-2018.
In recognition of the founders of the Middlesex County Fair Association
1938-1992 Albert F. Foerter
1938-1992 Lawrence J. Smith
1938-1992 Russell B. Herbert
1938-1992 Joseph J. Smith
1938-1992 Edgar V. Renk
1938-1992 Clarence Hunkle