Come and visit the 4-H exhibits as we join the Burlington County Farm Fair Association in presenting the fun and memorable experience of the Burlington County Farm Fair
4-H members showcase their clubs and projects in the 4-H tents. The displays include sewing, arts and crafts, artwork, creative writing, woodworking, photography, and horticulture. Goats, sheep, poultry, a variety of small animals, and horses are all on display at the Fair. Check the Fair schedule for the shows presented by the Seeing Eye Dog Club and the Winning Waggers.
Don't forget the “Kiss the Pig” contest on Saturday afternoon, sponsored Burlington County 4-H Small Animal Advisory Council. Stop by the Small Animal Tent to cast your vote for the lucky person who gets to kiss the pig. To vote, simply drop a donation in the jar of your choice. The donations are used by the 4-H Small Animal Advisory Council to provide support and equipment to the small animal clubs. See the winner kiss the pig Saturday at 3pm in the North Show Tent.
Other special events you won't want to miss are the Equestrian of the Year contest on Tuesday evening and the dance performance of the Burlington County 4-H Cloggers on Thursday evening.
For more information on how you and your family can be part of the 4-H fun, come and meet 4-H leaders and members. There are many opportunities to choose from in the 4-H program.
When 4-H was started, boys and girls were members of clubs which raised crops, livestock, and preserved foods. The main purpose was to transfer the research based knowledge from the land-grant universities to the local community. Today, the 4-H Youth Development Program continues to be a “learn by doing”, research-based, educational experience for youth.
In addition to animal care and horticulture, new project activities include technology, drama, science, engineering, healthy living and photography. The resources of the New Jersey land grant university, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provide support and educational opportunities to 4-H youth as well as adult volunteers. Through the leadership of dedicated adult volunteers, youth develop leadership abilities, self-confidence, and life skills. These attributes prepare young people for the challenges of the 21st century. The 4-H experience is available to all youth. 4-H prohibits discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Interested adults are invited to serve as volunteers making a difference.
Contact us at 609-265-5052 or 4-Hyouth@co.burlington.nj.us. Gloria Kraft, County 4-H Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, PO Box 6000, Mount Holly, NJ 08060.
Have you ever seen Burlington County's very own rhythmic dancing 4H Cloggers?
Having been around for almost 40 years they are the oldest clogging group in New Jersey. They are a wonderful group of 4-H youth in grades K- 12. The club is very active performing locally, and around the tri- state area at events, fairs, and many service oriented performances like nursing homes and senior citizen events. The members learn to improve their public speaking skills while announcing at performances, develop their citizenship and leadership skills with the yearly community services projects they perform, all while having fun learning the art of Clog Dancing.
The Burlington County 4-H Cloggers are supported by hard-working parents who take an active role in the club. Club members, leaders, and parents can all attest to the fact that Clogging is a terrific experience for these 4-H’ers.
The Burlington County 4-H Cloggers will perform on the evening of Thursday, July 20.
Every year at the Farm Fair, 4-H Horse Project members may compete for the title of Burlington County 4-H Equestrian of the Year. The winner is judged on equine knowledge and public speaking at an event held Tuesday, July 18, at 5 pm in the North Show Tent. Judges select a Junior and Senior Equestrian of the Year. You are invited to learn more about our 4-H members and their competence in the horse project. If you are interested to know how you can get involved, feel free to ask any one of the volunteers at this event. New members are welcome.
Winners for 2016 were:
- NJ State Equestrian of the Year - Ana Lia Sullivan
- Burlington County Junior Equestrian of the Year - Grace Gary
- Burlington County Senior Equestrian of the Year - Chelsey Price
- Burlington County Dairy Ambassador - Kylee Shontz
- Burlington County Dairy Princess - Calista Shontz
4-H has two dog clubs participating in the Farm Fair. The Caring Canines 4-H Club, whose members raise Seeing Eye puppies, will be hosting their demonstrations on Friday, July 21, at 6 pm in the North Show Tent. The Winning Waggers will have dog performance demonstrations on Tuesday, July 18 from 7pm to 9pm in the South Show Tent. Leaders and members will present help and demonstrations on agility, obedience, tricks, rally obedience, Junior showmanship and nose work, etc.
Be sure to stop at the 4-H Small Animal Tent and vote for the person you would like to see kiss a pig. During the Fair, jars with photos of the contestants will be on display. To cast your vote, simply drop a donation in the jar of your choice. The contestant with the most money in their jar will kiss the pig on Saturday at 3pm in the North Show Tent. The money donated is used by the 4-H Small Animal Advisory Council to provide support and equipment for the small animal clubs.
The 4-H Open Horse Shows will held Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, July 22.
- Wednesday, July 19at 8am - NJ State FFA Horse Evaluation Career Development Event
- Wednesday, July 19at 5pm - Challenge of the Clubs
- Thursday, July 20at 8am - Open English Show
- Thursday, July 20at 6:30pm - Draft Horse Demonstration
- Friday, July 21at 8am - Open Western Show
- Friday, July 21at 3pm - Open Game Show Grades 4 to 12
- Saturday, July 22at 8am - Open Cloverbuds Game Show Grades K to 3
- Saturday, July 22at 3pm - Open Senior Games Grades 9 to Adult
Click here for Open Horse Show rules and application information.