July 29, 2022

Somerset County 4-H Fair Returns for 74th Year

‘The 4-H Magic is Back’

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – After a two-year hiatus, “The 4-H Magic is Back” at the Somerset County 4-H Fair returning to North Branch Park at 355 Milltown Road in Bridgewater, on Aug. 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., where visitors can enjoy free, family fun. People of all ages will like the art, animal, and science displays, as well as the hands-on demonstrations, shows and exhibits, food, live music, free parking and much more.

The 4-H Fair provides participating local youth with an opportunity to showcase their projects and is also a great way for the public to connect with local community organizations, non-profits, government agencies, and businesses throughout the fair.

As the largest free 4-H Fair in the state, Somerset County 4-H Fair typically attracts more than 60,000 visitors, and in 2020 it was named “Outstanding Event” by Somerset County Tourism. A County tradition since 1947, the fair receives major funding from the Somerset County Board of Commissioners.

“The return of the Somerset County 4-H Fair is just what our county needs. 4-H is such an important part of the County’s culture and community,” said County Commissioner Director Shanel Y. Robinson. “We encourage residents and visitors to come to the fair to celebrate family, make new connections, and enjoy all that our County has to offer.”

“4-H is proud to be a long-standing staple of Somerset County by providing a place for all community members to come together,” said Lisa Rothenburger, the County Extension Department Head who oversees the fair. “Generations of county residents have looked forward to this event, and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing the magic back after a two-year absence.”

Alpacas and More

Visit the 4-H Fair Show Tent to see shows featuring cows, sheep, alpacas and more. The animals raised by 4-H Fair youth will be displayed all three days of the fair.

Art & Science Displays

Stop by the Art and Science Tents to see projects created over the past year by 4-H members, such as anime and creative writing. At the Robotics Tent, 4-H members will host demonstrations featuring their science projects. Visitors will have a chance to participate in hands-on activities, such as building with LEGOS or spin art.

Cars, Planes and Trains

Radio-controlled cars, model airplanes that fly and trains will also be on display.

Food Tent

Enjoy your favorite fair food in the Food Tent, where local non-profit organizations and businesses will serve their cuisine.


Government Tent
No one will want to miss the Revolutionary War reenactors located at the entrance of the County Government Tent. Step into the tent where this year’s theme is “The Beauty of Somerset County,” which will be woven into games and demonstrations held in the tent throughout all three days of the fair.

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to enter prize drawings, play games, win prizes, and partake in hands-on demonstrations such as button making, hat making, origami flower making, butter making, and story time. Take a “Where Is This?” quiz for a chance to win tickets to the Somerset County Patriots, and also learn about the many services the County has to offer.

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4-H Association & Partnerships

The 4-H Association engages in community outreach and works with other organizations in Somerset County. Throughout the year, the 4-H Association partners with Somerset County’s local government entities to prepare for the annual 4-H Fair.


About the Somerset County 4-H Association

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status, and any other category protected by law. Rutgers Cooperative Extension System is funded through a federal, state, and local partnership, with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture as the federal partner.


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