Annual event is a culmination of year-long activities 

FREEHOLD, NJ – For the Monmouth County 4-H Association, the annual Monmouth County Fair is a showcase of the many achievements and skills that 4‐H members have learned throughout the year.

“Participating in the Monmouth County Fair is a highlight in the lives of many 4‐H’ers,” Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said. “I’m sure that they will create memories and make friendships that will last a lifetime.”

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Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry crowned the 2011 Monmouth County 4-H Ambassador Victoria Rodriguez at the Monmouth County Fair on Wednesday, July 27. 

4-H involves children from kindergarten through one year passed high school (grade 13) in dozens of clubs and activities. Traditional clubs involve livestock and farming activities. But some of the less traditional clubs, like herpetology, care for arachnids, newts and salamanders and snakes. Other clubs develop skills in crafts, art, photography, writing, dance and theater arts.

“These talented youth bring their enthusiasm for life to the fair each year,” Kaitlin Everett, Monmouth County’s 4-H agent said. “This year, fairgoers will once again be impressed by the accomplishments of our 4‐H’ers. Although some activities are standard every year, there are new opportunities for people to get involved. The county Fair is a great way that to encourage our youth to join 4-H.”

The 4-H program is a unit of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service in Monmouth County,

Already at the 2011 Monmouth County Fair two outstanding youth were recognized for showmanship in the 2011 4-H Small Animal Show. Hannah Valdez took home honors in the Junior division (grades 4-7) and Matt Hervilly took home honors in the Senior division (grades 5 -13). The showmanship award acknowledges the care and effort that the youth put into the preparation and presentation of the animals before and during the show.

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who is the liaison to the county’s Cooperative Extension Service, was on hand opening night of the Fair to crown the 2011 Monmouth County 4-H Ambassador Victoria Rodriguez of Freehold. Rogriguez is a member of the Monmouth County Teen Council and will serve as the local envoy to other 4-H groups in the nation until the 2012 Fair.

“Special thanks goes to the adults who work directly with the youth as 4‐H Volunteers,” said Burry. “They are the backbone of the organization and give much of their time to make this fair one of the best in the state.”

The goals of the Monmouth County 4‐H program are to:

  • Recognize, showcase & evaluate the accomplishments of 4‐H members
  • Encourage teens and adults to become 4‐H volunteers
  • Highlight the county 4‐H program
  • Familiarize the public with 4‐H philosophy
  • Provide an opportunity for the public to participate in enjoyable and educational, family oriented 4‐H events

The Monmouth County Fair is a joint project of the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 4-H Association.

For more information about the 4-H program, a unit of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service in Monmouth County, call 732-431-7263 or visit the office at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold.

The Fair runs through Sunday, July 31. The Fair gate will open Friday, July 29; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The Fair is held at East Freehold Park Showgrounds on Kozloski Road, between Routes 33 and 537 in Freehold Township. Admission is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are free at all times. For more information on the Monmouth County fair, visit www.visitmonmouth.com or call 732-842-4000.