EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Right before they get ready for their big event of the year- the Haunted House and Hayride on Friday nights in Ocotber - the 4-H clubs of Middlesex County is inviting residents to an open ouse at thei location in East Brunswick.

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

Attendees can learn about 4-H clubs, meet members and volunteer leaders, enjoy petting zoos and demonstrations or even join a 4-H club.

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There are over 30 different 4-H Clubs within Middlesex County, open to students in Kindergarten through Grade 13 (one year out of high school).

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. 4-H clubs also get involved in service activities designed to improve the circumstances in their community.

Through activities like cleaning up neighborhoods or assisting with local food pantries, 4-H members learn citizenship and leadership skills.

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 and adults to see what being part of 4-H can mean for them.”

“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.”

Families are an important part of the 4-H program. Parents, brothers, sisters and other members of the family can learn new skills and adopt new ideas by being a part of the 4-H program. 4-H is adaptable to each individual, each home and each community.

For more information about the Middlesex County 4-H Program, please call 732-398-5261.

*The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), 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.