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Chester Hosts Morris County's 4-H Fair / Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Jacinta Ford

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 • 10:32pm

CHESTER, NJ - The Morris County 4-H Fair Program was held this past weekend in Chester. The fair offered four days of fun and educational activities at Chubb Park to honor the achievements of the Morris County 4-H members. 

The 4-H stands for “head, heart, hands and health.” The program is a youth developmental program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension offered to kids K-3, and embodies the learn-by-doing method to enable kids to become overall great citizens of the world. The programs goals are to: “Provide informal, education programs for youth, encourage responsibility, community awareness and character strength in youth, strengthen skills for adults working with youth through publications and training and improving community partnerships and collaborations.”  

The fair was filled with activities and fun for the whole family. With tons of vendors, families had the opportunity to shop, eat and learn, all just a tent away. “I think the kids are getting the biggest kick out of all the animals, it’s not every day they can see these animals, as well as interact with and pet them,” said Sandra Conrad, who enjoyed day number two with both of her young sons.

Animals made up the majority of the fairs attractions, with many interactive tents set up exhibiting everything from your everyday dogs all the way to your not so everyday exotic reptiles and wild animals. There was a horse, dog petting, and small animal tent all set up for close up animal interaction. 

In the small animals tent, all of the small animals you could think of were out for display. One of the interactive tenst housed an incubated booth, where people were able to watch baby chickens hatch and a petting area behind it for people to hold the small babies. Kids were also able to pet other animals under the petting tent and even ride horses all in the same day.

Aside from animals, the fair had a host of other activities for entertainment. Over a dozen of vendors were there for small demonstrations and fun. Anything from face-painting to dancers to martial arts were out. Each day had something going at every hour of the day. In-between vendors, small eating contest and raffles were taking place to keep the excitement going during the transitions. 

“I can’t wait to go on all the rides!,” said Carolyn Smith. As if it couldn’t get any better,one of the fairs main attractions was the carnival. Carnival rides opened up Friday afternoon for those looking for a good adrenaline rush. For those not into carnival rides, hayrides and shows were available all through the day as well. 

“It’s a good time out here, really something for the whole family to enjoy,” said Scott Tisley. The fair offered enough for people to come out and do something new  each day. Beyond the fun, good fresh food was available throughout the day for anyone who wanted to grab a bite. 

The 4-H program host many events throughout the entire year. For those interested in joining, or for more information on their events, visit the official website to locate a program near you at  http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/

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