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Posted on: June 22, 2015

[ARCHIVED] 4-H Fair Events Created Just for Kids

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Contact: Linda Horner, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
Telephone: 465-5115 ext. 605
Date: June 19, 2015

Photo Caption: A young fair visitor learns how much fun picking apples can be in the 4-H Fair’s Life on the Farm exhibit. Photo by Lauren Suit.

The Cape May County 4-H Fair has a number of activities that appeal to all ages. Some of the great new events at the annual event coming up July 16, 17 and 18 have been created especially with young children in mind.

Make sure you explore the Children’s Discovery Farm, a unique interactive series of activities where young children can experience some of the sights, sounds and events involved in farming. In addition to longtime favorites apple picking, egg gathering and potato digging, there will be a straw maze, train rides, scarecrow making and other educational games geared to teach young visitors about life on the farm.

Be sure to stop by the “Silly Selfies” photo booth where kids can dress up with miniature horse Willow and strike a funny pose.

Another new addition to the Children’s Discovery Farm this year will be “Touch, Taste and Smell Tours” for young fair visitors in the fairground’s herb garden. Rutgers Master Gardeners built and maintain the garden in honor of Irma McVey, a former Master Gardener and expert herb grower who passed away several years ago. This year, Irma's Garden will be a special feature of the Children’s Discovery Farm where young and old visitors alike will be delighted by the heady aromas and flavors found there. Master Gardeners Barbara Douglass, Jerry McManus and Brenda Church have been hard at work getting the garden ready for its big debut.

Kids can also enjoy the fair’s extended hours to enjoy the fair’s brand new Mr. Bounce Inflatables, featuring a traditional bouncy house, a basketball court, an obstacle course and even an inflatable water slide. The bounce houses will be open throughout the fair’s public hours.

Marshall Steve’s Pony Rides will be back all three days, and on Friday and Saturday, visitors can enjoy very special camel rides.

For older kids, and kids at heart, who always wanted to be a cowboy, a mechanical bull will be at the fairgrounds for participants to try show off their bull-busting skills.
Mark Your Calendars for the Fair: The annual 4-H Fair runs July 16, 17 and 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds located at 355 Court House – South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Public hours for the fair are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free and there is a host of fun events Thursday through Sunday.

The 4-H Youth Development program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. Volunteers are always needed to assist at the 4-H Fair. Please call (609) 465-5115 ext. 605 for more information. Learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program and the 4-H Fair at the 4-H Foundation website

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