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4-H Fair Returns to Bridgewater This Month

Audrey Blumberg

Friday, August 1, 2014 • 11:00am

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The  Somerset County 4-H Fair will be held Aug. 6, Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park in Bridgewater.

The fair, which has been held since 1948, is free for all, and it recognizes the accomplishments of the 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members. It is also a chance for visitors to see different 4-H projects in action.

The three-day fair will include dog, horse and livestock shows, plus twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, line dancing, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains and more.

In addition, there will be an Arts Tent, Science Tent and Prep Tent with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations and performances.

Finally, other tents will house animals, including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits and more.

There will also be exhibitors, including Somerset County Government, Raritan Valley Community College, Veterans Services, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset County Library and more.

One of the must sees at the event will be the Rutgers Master Gardeners, who will feature the theme, “How Does Your Garden Grow.” The design will feature information about alternative gardening, like vertical and container gardening.

There will also be a children’s area with puzzles and other gardening information.

There will be parking at North Branch Park, and there will also be free shuttle buses running from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. from Raritan Valley Community College on Route 28.

In addition, 4-H Fair visitors are being encouraged to bring one or more canned food donations to the event.

"The Food Bank Network is still extremely low on food supplies," said Somerset County Freeholder Patricia Walsh in a release. "You can help by bringing a donation with you to the fair on Aug. 6, 7 or 8. Two of our blue 'BOBO' bins will be inside the 4-H Information Tent, which is straight ahead as you cross the footbridge from the parking area."

Only canned goods are being accepted at the fair. Donations will be transported to the Food Bank Network, which currently serves about 1,500 families a month, double the number of clients it had last year.

For more information, visit the website at http://somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4hfair/.

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