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Morris County 4-H Fair at Chubb Park in Chester, New Jersey — Friday, July 25 Through Sunday, July 27, 2008

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Continuing the Roxiticus Desperate family tradition that started with their mom’s 4-H Prep Club, the Branchburg Beavers, London and Maddie participate in Somerset County 4-H and their 4-H Prep Club, the Crazy Clovers, will be exhibiting at the Somerset County 4-H Fair in mid-August.

We also wanted to give you the scoop on 4-H in Morris County, including the upcoming 4-H Fair right here in the Roxiticus Valley…the 38th Annual Morris County 4-H Fair opens at the Fairgrounds at Chubb Park in Chester on Friday, July 25th at 9:30 A.M. and runs till 9:30 P.M. on Sunday, July 27th.

Changing family lifestyles over the past 30 years have modified the Morris County 4-H Fair, but it still keeps its county-fair atmosphere. Now that Morris County is no longer primarily an agricultural community, 4-H Fair activities encourage children and adults to link with the past through hands-on activities that are fun and educational. The “Farmer for a Day” activity, located in the Petting Barn, gives children the hands-on experience of picking apples, collecting eggs and digging for potatoes. Fair-goers may also pet a calf, sheep and goat after exploring the hay maze. The Petting Barn also hosts the Herpetology Exhibit and Show, and Master Gardeners from Rutgers Cooperative Extension will be on hand to answer homeowners’ gardening questions.

Morris County 4-H invites you to come and enjoy the fun and the food, particularly the 4-H Chicken BBQ and Kids Meal prepared for you by Morris County 4-H volunteers. Other community organizations will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and peppers, cheese steaks, pizza, funnel caked, and delicious home-made cookies.

Unlike the free Somerset County 4-H Fair, the Morris County 4-H Fair includes amusement rides, open all weekend from 9:30 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 A.M. till 4:00 P.M. on Sunday. On Friday only, fair-goers can participate in a special Pay-One Price deal: from 10 A.M. to 12 noon on Friday, there will be a special $8 Pay-One-Price offer for Kiddie Rides, followed later on by a special $20 Pay-One-Price deal from 6:00 P.M. till 10:00 P.M. The afternoon Pay-One-Price ride tickets are scheduled to go on sale at the amusement ride ticket booth at 5:00 P.M. on Friday.

All three days of the Morris County 4-H Fair offer exciting events. Each day the Entertainment Tent, Coffeehouse and Fun Station are loaded with great music groups and interactive entertainment. Those who are interested in interacting with a pony may ride one throughout the weekend at the Pony Rides. Visitors are welcome to hop on over to the Small Animal Tent and pet the many rabbits, baby chicks, and other small animals while listening to the presentation on Rabbit, Cavy and Small Animal Care. Stick around a while and see a goat milking demonstration just inside of the Small Animal Tent. Don’t forget to shop at the Children’s Country Store for plants, second hand games, toys and books. There is so much to do at the Morris County 4-H Fair!

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