With an expansive network reaching every corner of the country, 4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization. More than 6 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities stand out among their peers: building revolutionary opportunities and implementing community-wide change at an early age.
As the youth development program of the nation's 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System, 4-H fosters an innovative, "learn by doing" approach with proven results.
With its headquarters adjacent to the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, Middlesex County 4-H hosts dozens of events during fair week - from horse shows to clogging demonstrations.
Learn more about the events 4-H puts on below, or visit our events page for times and locations of each event.
James “Jimmy” Murphy:
Jimmy has been a member of the Sharpshooters 4-H club. He has served as a member and teen leader. He has helped to promote the shooting sports program and helped to run archery target shoots at the County Fair and 4-H Summer Explorations Week. He has participated in many state level archery competitions and most recently represented Middlesex County and New Jersey at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition. He places 40th out of 99 competitors in compound archery. Jimmy has been a consistent advocate for the shooting sports program in 4-H for years. He plans to attend United Technical Institute this fall and study diesel mechanics.
Meghna has participated in the 4-H program in the Eco-Maniacs environmental club, 4-H Junior and Teen Council and the County 4-H Ambassadors. She has served as a 4-H club officer and teen leader. She has participated in county and state level 4-H public speaking competitions and this year received a top presenter award at the state level competition, and also received a Kiwanis Public Speaking award. She was selected to represent Middlesex County and New Jersey at the 2017 National 4-H Congress and also served on the 2018 North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference planning committee. Meghna will be attending the University of Massachusetts in the fall.
More than 400 4-H members will be showcasing their 4-H projects, including small animals, dogs, horses, livestock, remote control cars, crafts and clothing, archery, dance and more during fair week!
Annual 4-H Kids Night
A free event that includes cupcake decorating, face painting, balloon animals, demonstrations and crafts.
4-H Craft Workshop
Open to the public. Families are invited to come and make fun and easy crafts. Appropriate for all ages.
4-H Animal Displays
Visit the many animals 4-H members show at the fair. As always, there will be guinea pig and rabbit races in the small animal tent.
Ask the Trainer
Calling all dog owners! 4-H dog trainers will be on hand to answer questions in the 4-H dog ring.
4-H Rhythm in Motion Cloggers
Come join us and learn what clogging is all about! Cloggers will be showing their skills and giving dance lessons throughout fair week.