Thursday, July 6th, 2017

FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT FEATURES CAR SHOW, HOT AIR BALLOONS, GAMES AND RIDES, GREAT FOOD, FIREWORKS, AND TERRIFIC KIDS AND ANIMALS

4-H clover leaf logoThe annual Morris County 4-H Fair, a fun celebration of the work of 4-H youths from across Morris County, mixed in with a car and motorcycle show, hot air balloons, fireworks, and amusement rides and games, will kick off a five-day run on Wednesday, July 19 to Sunday, July 23 at Chubb Park in Chester Township.

A wide variety of family-friendly activities are planned, including pony and hay rides, petting zoos, watermelon eating and cake decorating and dress-a-pet contests, animal shows, archery, a tricky tray, and even “cow pie bingo’’ and “goat yoga,’’ to go with the live entertainment and delicious food.

photo of carnival ride featuring giant bears from 2016 fair

Scene from 2016 4-H Fair

“The 4-H Fair is a showcase of the wonderful achievements of 4-Hers from around the county. It is great opportunity for everyone to come out for wholesome family fun,” said Kathy Murarik, Morris County 4-H Program Associate.

“This is a great family friendly event that is centered around the hard work done by these great 4-H kids, who represent some of the best young people, and who are future leaders of their communities and our county,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana, who will participate in formal opening ceremonies at the fair this week.

“We invite all county residents, from Butler to Long Hill to Long Valley, to visit the fair,’’ Cabana added.

photo of goat races at 2016 fair

Goat races at 2016 fair

There is no admission fee for the fair, but a parking donation of $5 per vehicle is requested. On Friday evening, in preparation for the fireworks, parking will be $10, which includes 3-D fireworks glasses.

A special $10 pay-one-price for all kiddie rides is scheduled for Friday, July 21, from 11a.m. until 1p.m., and a $25 pay-one-price for all amusement rides will be offered on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m..

For a full schedule of events, visit: http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/Fair.html

Here are just a few highlights:Morris County 4H-Fair: 2017 Version Set for JUly 19-23 at Chubb Park in Chester Township Morris County 4H-Fair: 2017 Version Set for JUly 19-23 at Chubb Park in Chester Township

  • Wednesday, July 19th
    • Fair open 6:00-10:00pm
    • Amusement rides, music, some food options
    • Chelsea Carlson and the student acapella group
  • Thursday, July 20th
    • Fair open 4:00-10:00pm
    • Opening ceremonies, talent show and egg judging
    • Amusement rides, music, food, and 4-H activities
  • Friday, July 21st
    • Fair open 10:00am-10:00pm
    • Community Blood Drive from 5:00-8:00pm (RSVP online)
    • Rizzo’s Reptiles, ask a vet, and cow pie bingo
    • Fireworks show in evening (rain date: Saturday)
      photo of hot rod car from previous fair

      Car and Motorcycle Show scheduled for Saturday, July 24

  • Saturday, July 22nd
  • Sunday, July 23rd
    • Fair open 10:00am-4:00pm
    • Open pet show, cake decorating, agility dog show
    • Amusement rides, music, food, and 4-H activities

Dogs may be brought to the fair, but they must be on a 6-foot leash.  Retractable leashes are not allowed in the park.

For more information about the 4H Fair, including the fair schedule, 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.