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The 2008 Somerset County 4-H Fair Starts Wednesday, August 13th!

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August 13-14-15, 2008
North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, N.J


What began as a dairy show in a farm field has become one of the marquee events on the Somerset County cultural calendar and the premier free fair in New Jersey…

I have been going to the Somerset County 4-H Fair for over 35 years, since before I was even old enough to be a 4-H Prep Club member. Despite the fact that we live in Morris County, as soon as London was old enough to join last September, I started taking her over to the Prep Club meetings at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater, NJ (Somerset County, about five minutes from the house I grew up in). After London’s first year in the Crazy Clovers Prep Club, with Maddie participating as a “tag-along” and planning to join the club in September, our family continues to believe that Somerset County 4-H is the best 4-H experience in the surrounding area.

The Somerset County 4-H Fair, rather than going commercial with rides and games, focuses on the kids and their achievements. Our whole family loves to see the dogs, cows, sheep, rabbits, goats, horses and alpaca. In the chicken tent, there’s always an incubator full of eggs with chicks being hatched before your eyes. This year, I’ll commit to bringing my new Canon EOS Rebel XSi and sharing lots of animal photos here.

This year’s Somerset County 4-H Fair promises to be bigger and better than ever, attracting tens of thousands of visitors with its wholesome mix of arts, entertainment, agriculture, animals, science, food, fellowship and just plain free family fun.

Maps and schedules of daily events such as dog, horse and livestock shows are available in the information tent. Twirling, go karts, rockets, clowning, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H’ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H.

Somerset County Government, Raritan Valley Community College, Veterans Services, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset County Library and other non-profit organizations and commercial advertisers have displays, information, contests and free gifts. Under the big top, over 20 community organizations offer a wide variety of meals and snacks. All day, professional and amateur entertainment can be enjoyed.

There will be displays to emphasize the role of agriculture in N.J. The Somerset County Board of Agriculture will present antique farm equipment and New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers will exhibit a large variety of evergreens.

The 2008 Somerset County, NJ 4-H Fair runs Wednesday, August 13th through Friday, August 15th. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. all days at North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, located between Routes 22 and 202. To make getting in and out of the fairgrounds as easy as possible, free shuttle buses run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Rt. 28, North Branch. Click here to print a complete schedule of events for each of the three days.  And late in the afternoon of Wednesday, August 13th, you can look for London, Maddie and me in the 4-H Prep Club Cotton Candy Tent!


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