4-H Fairs

One of my favorite day trips in the summer is going to various county 4-H Fairs. The kids and I spend hours wandering through the animal cages, watching animal demonstrations, listening to music, riding the amusement rides, sampling treats like local honey, and filling our tummies with fair food.

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Photos courtesy of Morris County 4-H

This coming week, we are heading to the Morris County 4-H Fair, which is July 19-23, at Chubb Park in Chester. Admission is free, and parking is $5.00 donation (Friday after 6pm, $10 donation for fireworks.) The hours are:

  • Wednesday, July 19 - 6:00pm-10:00pm

  • Thursday, July 20 - 4:00pm-10:00pm

  • Friday & Saturday, July 21 & 22 - 10:00am-10:00pm

  • Sunday, July 23 - 10:00am-4:00pm

If you can't make it to the Morris County 4-H Fair, check here for a list of all the New Jersey county fairs. We've been to the Sussex and Somerset fairs, and have enjoyed them, too. Both the Sussex and the Somerset fairs are August 9-11, 2017.

Every day, the fair has amusement rides, crafts, music, and food options. Most days also have 4-H activities, including horse riding demonstrations and displays of the animals some of the 4-H members are raising, such as rabbits, lizards, and chickens. My daughter particularly loves to wander around the cages of rabbits, her favorite animal.

To give you an idea of some of the activities, here are some for Saturday, July 22: dog show, goat show, Viva Violin Studio, jellyfish suncatcher craft, watermelon eating contest, Irish dancing demo, bubble show, goat races, rabbit hopping demo, cow pie bingo (hu???), and goat yoga demo. (Yes, I did just say "goat yoga." What is that?!? You'll have to go to find out!) Click here for each day's full schedule of activities.

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Photos courtesy of Morris County 4-H

In addition to the demonstrations and activities, there are hayrides, a community blood drive on Friday from 5pm-8pm, fireworks on Friday night, a car and motorcycle show Saturday from 11am-3pm, and hot air balloon rides Saturday 6:30pm-8:30pm. The amusement rides are open each day, and pay-one-price tickets are available Wednesday 6pm-10pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

As I was researching the details about the 4-H fairs, I also came across the amazing list of 4-H clubs in Morris County throughout the year. Kids in kindergarten through one year out of high school can join clubs that meet once or twice a month to learn about horse care, poultry, goats, dogs, horticulture, radio controlled cars, photography, knitting, art, and community service. To learn more about the clubs, click here.

To learn more about the Morris County 4-H clubs, programs, events, or to volunteer, visit http://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/