There are lots of events, activities, and programs where 4-H members can get involved! This section provides information on local 4-H programs and events that take place throughout the year.
Links to some regional, state and national 4-H events are also provided.
If you’re looking to register or apply, please see our Forms section.
Sussex County 4-H clubs participate in local, regional, state and national events.
STEP stands for Short Term Exploratory Program. It’s been designed to provide a way for youth to experience a 4-H project area in a shorter period while learning about the larger 4-H program. These programs won’t replace traditional 4-H clubs that meet monthly throughout the year. STEP clubs offer the chance to begin exploring a topic of interest using the same foundation as a 4-H club.
Any youth in grades K-13 (1 year out of high school), whether they are current 4-H members or not. (Some programs may have an age range depending on the subject matter.)
Depending on the program, participants will experience 4-H in a 1-3 moth setting, meeting 1-4x per month. Most programs will initially run from the beginning of January until the end of March.
STEP clubs will be run by a minimum of two caring and competent adult volunteers in partnership with 4-H. Parents, teachers, or any adult with the desire to teach and inspire youth to learn new things. All volunteers will go through a youth protection screening and training process.
The base fee for participating in a STEP club is $20 per youth. Additional program fees may apply depending on the project area.
Parades take place seasonally. To participate 4-H clubs must register in advance. Forms are sent to 4-H club leaders in advance and are also available for download.
The Sussex County Fairgrounds is home to the Phoebe and Ralph Shotwell 4-H Exhibit Hall where some of our largest events are held.
Traditionally held a few weekends before Halloween this event is open to the public and offers fun, games and trick-or-treating for all. Many 4-H clubs create trick-or-treat stations, others sponsor games and activities, all are invited to donate baked goods.
Held in early April this event offers 4-H members and clubs the opportunity to demonstrate skills and share activities with the public. Many clubs use it to raise funds through the sale of small craft items.
In partnership with the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, Sussex County 4-H exhibits and volunteers at New Jersey’s largest agricultural fair held over ten days in early August. 4-H members participate in animal shows and costume contests as well as displaying art, crafts, horticulture, photography, food, and other exhibits in the Shotwell 4-H Building.
The 4-H Market Animal Sale is an annual event held during the New Jersey State Fair®/Farm and Horse Show. The Sale is an opportunity for 4-H members, who qualify, to sell their project animals at a live auction event.
The Market Animal Sale (MAS) program’s purpose is to offer 4-H members an opportunity to learn the business of agriculture. To qualify, members are required to follow specific rules to earn the privilege to sell their MAS project.
Animals entered in the MAS must qualify for the sale. This requires meeting documentation requirements, making weight prior to the 4-H show and being judged as Excellent (Blue Ribbon Quality) during the show.
This process ensures the buyer receives high-quality meat from a dedicated 4-H member.
Many buyers opt to donate all or a portion of the animals they purchase to support local charities. In this way, participating in the Sale not only supports local 4-H youth, but it can also support our community, as well!
If you are interested in participating in the 4-H Market Animal Sale as a buyer, please complete the contact form below and we will forward you more information.
Prior to the Sale, a social is held to thank prior buyers and welcome new ones to the Sale. The Market Animal Sale Committee solicits donations to help offset costs for the Social. (Donors are recognized by placards at each table.)