New Jersey - As "must-attend" events for many families during the months of July through September statewide is county and 4-H fairs. Just like everything else in during the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey's 4-H programs have had to invent ways to engage the thousands of youth who wait all year to display their skills and projects at the respective county fairs.

The New Jersey 4-H Program, which is administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, created a new format in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, hosting a virtual New Jersey 4-H Fair to showcase some 4-H projects and demonstrate the skills and knowledge that the youths gained from their involvement. 

New Jersey 4-H members submitted over 1,500 entries in 42 project divisions. From projects like Alpaca Agility and Equitation to Photography, Foods and Digital Story Telling, New Jersey 4-Hers have brought the fairs into living rooms across Middlesex County.

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Garden State residents can visit and explore the NJ 4-H Virtual Fair and view the photos and videos showcasing entries at the Explore the Fair webpage. Galleries of photos and playlists of videos have been set up, by division, showcasing the skills and talents of the members of the 4-H community. 

The New Jersey 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. For more information about the New Jersey 4-H Program, visit their website.