EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Right before they get ready for their big event of the year- the Haunted House and Hayride on Friday nights in October - the 4-H clubs of Middlesex County is inviting residents to an open house at their 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, 1 to 4 p.m. at the 4-H Youth Center, 645 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick.

Attendees can learn about how to get involved with their local 4-H club, meet members and volunteer leaders and enjoy petting zoos and demonstrations.

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There are over 30 different 4-H Clubs within Middlesex County, open to students in grades K through 12, plus 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. 

Through activities such as cleaning up neighborhoods or assisting with local food pantries, members learn citizenship and leadership 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.”

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.