MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Middlesex County’s 4-H program or join one of the County’s many 4-H clubs, an exciting opportunity is coming up. The Middlesex County 4-H Open House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Youth Center, located at 645 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick.

 Though typically thought of as an agriculturally focused organization as a result of its history, 4-H today focuses on citizenship, healthy living, science, engineering and technology programs. Attendees will have the chance to observe animal and dance demonstrations throughout the event. There will also be opportunities to speak with current 4-H members and volunteer leaders, so children can join the clubs that best reflect their interests and adults can volunteer to help the groups best suited to their skills.

 “Middlesex County is proud to have over 30 different 4-H clubs, which help our young residents learn essential life skills,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the County’s Business Development and Education Committee. “This is a great event for kids to see which of our many clubs might interest them, and it also offers a chance for adults to see which clubs they might want to volunteer for.”

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 “The goal of 4-H has always been to teach young people to be good citizens through experiential learning programs,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “Middlesex County’s 4-H program is no exception. We want not only to give participants the opportunity to experience a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem, but to get them involved in their community, in nature, and in collaboration with their peers.”

 For more information on the Open House, please contact the Middlesex County 4-H office at 732-398-5261. For more information on local 4-H clubs, visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov and search 4H.