Posted Monday, July 13th, 2015
The annual Morris County 4-H Fair, a showcase and fun celebration of the efforts of 4-H youths from across Morris County, will kick off on Wednesday evening, July 15, at Chubb Park in Chester Township, and run through the weekend.
A host of family-friendly activities are planned for the fair, including pony rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, animal shows, fireworks, tricky tray, car and motorcycle show, watermelon eating and cake decorating contests, live entertainment, delicious food, and amusement rides.
And, of course, the county’s 4-Hers will get to display their animals and projects, which are a culmination of the past year’s hard work.
“The 4-H Fair is a showcase and celebration of the wonderful achievements of 4-Hers from around the county. It is great opportunity for all in the community to come out for wholesome family fun,” said Kelly Dziak, Morris County 4-H Program Associate.
“Most important, this is about the hard work of these great 4-H kids, who represent some of the best of our youth, and who are likely future leaders of their communities and Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, who will participate in formal opening ceremonies at the fair this week. “We should all be extremely proud of the efforts they have made and the work they will show off at the fair.’’
The Fair will be open on Wednesday, 6-10 p.m.; Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $5, except for a $10 charge on Friday after 6 p.m. for fireworks night.
Dogs may be brought to the fair, but they must be on a 6-foot leash. Retractable leashes are not allowed in the park. Canine Good Citizen testing will be available for dogs to take on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A small fee applies. Participants must bring a dog brush for a portion of the test.
Daily schedules of events, such as dog and small animal shows, and fairground maps will be available in the information booth at the fair.
The Exhibit Tent will be packed with arts and crafts entries, informational displays, and hands-on activities for visitors. The Entertainment Tent will feature live musical performances and interactive demonstrations.
Other tents will house animals, including dogs, horses, goats, reptiles, poultry, rabbits, and other small animals. Most animal tents will have petting areas, in addition to a Petting Barn that will be filled with farm animals.
Non-profit organizations will be in the Food Tent selling items ranging from tasty treats to full meals.
The fair is sponsored by the Morris County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
For more information about the 4-H Fair, 4-H clubs, or about becoming a 4-H volunteer, visit the 4-H Fair website at http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/Fair.html or call 973-285-8301.