CHESTER, NJ - The 2017 Morris County 4-H Fair, a celebration of the efforts of 4-H youths from across Morris County, mixed with a car and motorcycle show, hot air balloons, fireworks, amusement rides and games, plus entertainment and food, kicks off today, July 19 and will run through Sunday, July 23 at Chubb Park in Chester Township.

Varieties of family-friendly activities are scheduled, from pony rides and watermelon eating contests to cake decorating and dress-a-pet events.

“The 4-H Fair is a showcase of the wonderful achievements of 4-Hers from around the county. It is great opportunity for everyone to come out for wholesome family fun,” said Kathy Murarik, Morris County 4-H Program Associate.

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“This is a great family friendly event that is centered around the hard work done by these great 4-H kids, who represent some of the best young people, and who are future leaders of their communities and our county,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana, who will participate in formal opening ceremonies on Thursday.

There is no admission fee for the fair. A parking donation of $5 per vehicle is requested. On Friday evening, in preparation for fireworks, parking will be $10, which includes 3-D fireworks glasses. 

A special $10 pay-one-price for all kiddie rides is scheduled for Friday, July 21, from 11a.m. until 1p.m., and a $25 pay-one-price for all amusement rides will be offered today (Wednesday) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 4 p.m.

For a full schedule of events, visit:

Here are just a few highlights:

  • Wednesday, July 19th
    • Fair open 6:00-10:00pm
    • Amusement rides, music, some food options
    • Chelsea Carlson and the student acapella group
  • Thursday, July 20th
    • Fair open 4:00-10:00pm
    • Opening ceremonies, talent show and egg judging
    • Amusement rides, music, food, and 4-H activities
  • Friday, July 21st
    • Fair open 10:00am-10:00pm
    • Community Blood Drive from 5:00-8:00pm (RSVP online)
    • Rizzo’s Reptiles, ask a vet, and cow pie bingo
    • Fireworks show in evening (rain date: Saturday)
  • Saturday, July 22nd
  • Sunday, July 23rd
    • Fair open 10:00am-4:00pm
    • Open pet show, cake decorating, agility dog show
    • Amusement rides, music, food, and 4-H activities

Dogs may be brought to the fair, but they must be on a 6-foot leash.  Retractable leashes are not allowed in the park