BRIDGEWATER, NJ - There's no carnival rides and no midway, but there's plenty to do at the Somerset County 4-H Fair, celebrating its 71st year of family fun beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8, and continuing on Thursday, Aug. 9 and Friday, Aug. 10 at North Branch Park.

There are no admissions or parking fees Daily schedules and maps can be found at the Information Booth or online at The Fair will run 10 a.m.-10 p.m. all three days, with free shuttle buses running from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day of the Fair from Raritan Valley Community College Route 28, North Branch.

First opened in 1947, the Fair continues its' tradition of focusing on agriculture, while recognizing the accomplishment of the Somerset County 4-H clubs and remains a showcase for visitors to see a variety of 4-H projects in action.

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Twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains, and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts & Science Tent, and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H’ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations, and performances.

Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits, and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H. The food at the fair is provided by 20 non-profit organizations.

More than 1,000 youth are involved in the county's 4-H Youth Program with more than 300 regular volunteers and hundreds of people who help all year long.  “For me, 4-H allows me to be my true self: a theatre artist,” said Ashka Sha, 4-H Member of the Clover Ensemble Club.   The Clover Ensemble and its sister club The Prep Ensemble, are the only 4-H theatre clubs in the state and will be performing their version of "Wizard of Oz" each day of the Fair.

For more information about the Somerset County 4-H Program visit the 4-H website