Monday, July 16th, 2012

The annual Morris County 4-H Fair is scheduled for July 19-22 at Chubb Park in Chester. The 4-H Fair is a showcase and celebration of the achievements of 4-H’ers around the county.

“It’s a great opportunity for all in the community to come out for wholesome family fun,” said Rachel Lyons, Morris County 4-H Agent.

For example, she said the Exhibit Tent will be packed with homemade fair entries, informational displays and hands-on activities for visitors, while the Entertainment Tent will be filled with live musical performances and interactive demonstrations.

Other 4-H tents will house a variety of animals including dogs, herpetology, poultry, rabbits and small animals, and most animal tents will have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H, Lyons said.

The 4-H Fair will feature host of other fun activities as well, including pony and hay rides, a petting zoo, a model airplane demonstration, model rocket launches, cake decorating contests, dress-a-pet contest, a children’s pet show and amusement rides.

Non-profit organizations will be on hand to sell everything from tasty treats and traditional fair food to full meals including the famous 4-H Chicken BBQ dinner.

The 4-H Fair will open Thursday, July 19, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Fair is sponsored by the Morris County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H Members, volunteer Fair Managers, 4-H Club Leaders and parents work together to make this a major event in Morris County, Lyons said.

More information about the 4-H Fair, 4-H clubs or about becoming a 4-H volunteer may be obtained online on the 4-H Fair website, http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/Fair.html, or by contacting the Morris County 4-H office at (973) 285-8300, Ext. 3.

4-H programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis without regard to race, color, sex, national origin or disability.