Annual Morris County 4-H Fair Offers Family Fun In Chester

The annual Morris County 4-H Fair, a showcase and fun celebration of the efforts of 4-H youths from across Morris County, was held Wed., July 20, at Chubb Park in Chester Township, through the weekend.
A host of family-friendly activities were planned for the fair, including pony rides, hay rides, petting zoos, animal shows, fireworks, tricky tray, car and motorcycle show, hot air balloon rides, watermelon eating and cake decorating contests, live entertainment, delicious food, and amusement rides.
Saturday was filled with special events: hot air balloon rides, car and motorcycle show, goat races in the late afternoon and an evening tricky tray.
Most important, the county’s 4-Hers got to display their animals and projects, which are a culmination of the past year’s hard work.
“The 4-H Fair is a showcase and celebration of the wonderful achievements of 4-Hers from around the county,” said Kelly Dziak, Morris County 4-H Program Associate. “It is great opportunity for all in the community to come out for wholesome family fun.”
Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana, who participated in formal opening ceremonies at the fair, said “This is a great family friendly event that is centered around the hard work done by these great 4-H kids, who represent some of the best young people, and who are future leaders of their communities and our county. We should all be extremely proud of the efforts they have made and the work they will show off at the fair.’’
The Exhibit Tent was packed with arts and crafts entries, informational displays and hands-on activities for visitors. The Entertainment Tent and Coffee House featured live musical performances and interactive demonstrations.
Other tents housed animals, including dogs, horses, goats, cows, pigs, poultry, rabbits, and other small animals. Most animal tents had petting areas, in addition to a Petting Barn filled with farm animals.
Non-profit organizations were in the Food Tent selling items ranging from tasty treats to full meals.
The fair is sponsored by the Morris County 4-H Association in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

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