Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter July 15-22, 2022

For 4-H fair information and schedules check out the Prepare for Fair Guide.

Help requested for Shotwell Building Set Up tomorrow
Saturday, July 16, 9:30 am

They say many hands make lite work. Come use your hands for larger service to help with the setup of the Shotwell Building for the fair.

We will be taking out, setting up, and cleaning all of the displays and begin to get the building fair ready. Helping with set-up counts towards “barn sitting” time for those displaying in the Shotwell Building.

If you would like to help please contact Tanya:, 973-948-3040 Option 5, or sign up online at 4-H Ambassador/Information table sign up

NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Parade and Ceremonies

4-H Clubs are invited to participate in the NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Day parade. The Parade will begin on Park Road in front of the Admin Building on Friday, 8/5.  The parade will start at 7:00. Groups should plan to be there by 6:30. Groups can walk or ride but are responsible for finding their own transportation.  We will travel down Park Road, turn onto Horticulture Highway, turn onto Main St, turn onto Commercial Road, and will end up in the Horse Show Ring.  Groups will be announced as they enter and move around the ring—plan on going around the ring 2 times.  At the conclusion of the parade, will have a few very quick comments, and then the Rooster Crow to welcome all to the Fair.

If interested in participating please sign up using the following link:

4-H Volunteer Opportunities at NJSF/SCF&HS

Reminder for those displaying in the Shotwell Building, if you are not participating/volunteering at the fair (by displaying an animal, working with Teen Council, etc) you must volunteer in one of the ways listed below or forfeit this year’s premiums and possible opportunity for a full-week fair pass next year.


Act as an Ambassador for 4-H in the Shotwell Building. Be available to share information and answer questions about 4-H. In addition, share knowledge about the items and exhibits displayed. Help sell 4-H 50/50s* and help maintain the cleanliness of the building. Shifts are 2 hours.
*You must be 18 years of age or bring along an adult to help
Sign up online at:  4-H Ambassador/Information table sign up

4-H 50/50 SALES

Assist the Sussex County 4-H Advisory Council in the Sale of 50/50 tickets. Proceeds from the sale support 4-H programming, as well as, 4-H fair ribbons.
*Must be 18 years of age or older
Contact Tanya Patrie ( or Dave Foord ( for tickets.


Help with food prep, serving, and other activities related to managing the Food Booth for the Agricultural Division of the Fair. Profits from the food booth are used to support animal project activities at the fair. This is a great opportunity to meet 4-H members from other clubs, as well as, gain work experience.  Shifts are 10am-2pm, 2pm-6pm, 6pm-10pm daily.
*You must be 13 years of age or older to volunteer behind the counter (liability concerns)
Contact Nadine Olsen by email at to volunteer for a shift or sign up online.


Help with supervising the fun activities of Farm Fun in Barn 6.
For more information or to sign up contact Donna Meisinger at (862) 268-0805.


 Dress up as the lovable, 4-H mascot Clover, the 4-H Rover. Walk around the Fair, greet, shake hands, and pose with fairgoers young and old. Requirements are that you can safely wear the costume and that someone must assist and accompany Clover while roving.
Due to health and safety concerns, we will have a disinfecting spray available for cleaning between appearances.

If interested please contact  Tanya Patrie ( or Dave Foord (


Supervising children while they use a corn sheller and corn grinder. Must be at least 14 years old. Working behind the counter of the old-time General Store. Sweepers for the porch and building.
For more information or to sign up contact Barbara Cashen at

4-H Families and Clubs are invited to Participate in the NJSF/SCF&HS Open Vegetable Show’s ScareCrow Contest.

This year’s theme is Queen of the Fair

Rules are as follows:

  1. Entries for this contest must be preregistered and must be received by July 15th. ( though they will take entries until Aug. 3)
  2. There will be an entry fee of $5.00 per scarecrow entry. The entry fee must be included with the entry form. Make checks payable to New Jersey State Fair, Agriculture Division.
  3. Scarecrows are to be dressed and accessorized to illustrate the theme listed below.
  4. Scarecrows will be constructed at the greenhouse at the fairgrounds on Friday, August 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm OR on Saturday, August 6th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and will be judged Sunday, August 8th.
  5. Scarecrows will remain on display through Sunday, August 15th. Premiums, ribbons, and scarecrows may be claimed on Sunday, August 14th between 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm and must be claimed by 2:00 pm or scarecrows will be dismantled, and premium will be forfeited unless prior arrangements are made for delivery of premiums.
  6. A wooden stake and straw for both stuffing and support of the stake will be provided for each scarecrow. The exhibitor must provide clothing and all other accessories. The use of props and/or accessories to carry out the theme is encouraged. ** All stakes provided by the Vegetable Show Committee must be returned intact and without alteration or premium will be forfeited.
  7. All scarecrows must use straw as a major component.
  8. Scarecrows will be judged for both quality of construction and use of the theme and

All Scarecrows will be eligible for the People’s Choice Scarecrow Rosette. Voting for People’s Choice will begin following judging on August 8th via Text Message or online form via Facebook, Twitter, or our website.

Premiums and Rosettes will be awarded for 1st-3rd and Honorable Mention. 

For more information and entry forms go to: SCA | Show My Veggies (

Call All Incoming 7-11 Grade Members
The 4-H Teen Council Invites you to join our Club.

Sussex County 4-H Teen Council membership has been open to Local teens for over 60 years. 

Members take part in:
– community service projects,
– leadership activities,
– earn job experience,
– participate in fun trips and events.

Sussex County 4-H’s criteria is that in order to be considered a “member in good standing”, participants must attend 70% of their club’s meetings/activities. In addition to attendance, all Teen Council members are required to work a number of shifts in the Dairy Barn during fair week, as it is the main fundraiser for the year.  Members must also do so in order to be eligible for officer positions and/or scholarships when they reach high school age. Most meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday or Friday of the month at the Fair Administration Office.

For more information or to sign up please reach out to Tanya Patrie (

New Jersey 4-H has a new Facebook Page!

Please ‘LIKE’ to stay in the know of what is happening in NJ 4-H
& connect with other 4-H members!

4-H Photo Corps – July Challenge:
Moving Images

The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13. You do not need to be enrolled in a 4-H Photography Project to join PhotoCorps.

July’s PhotoCorps theme is:

There are many ways to show motion in a still photograph. An intentional blur, or an athlete frozen by a flash can both convey a sense of motion. Show us a picture that moves us.

Please upload your photo by July 31.
You should receive comments from the juror mentors by the end of August.

If you have any questions, please contact

Reel Into Fishing: For Youth in Grades 5 to 10

The Reel Into Fishing program will be held from August 16-18. Open to all NJ youth.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Ocean County, along with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), present, Reel Into Fishing!, a free program for youth in grades 5-10.
Registration is open through August 5th.
Click HERE to fill out the form.

This event is being funded by the IGFA.

Are you in grades 8-13 (one year out of high school) and interested in global citizenship? If so, see how you can get involved in a teen research project this summer!

Sharon Kinsey, 4-H Agent/Associate Professor in Camden County, is also a doctoral student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the Global Studies in Education Program. She hopes you can help her understand how youth see themselves in the world and whether youth identify as global citizens. 

There are two ways you can participate: 

1) Complete an anonymous 10-15 minute online survey relating to your views on global citizenship.


2) Actively participate in a 4-week online course with other teens about global citizenship in July or August 2022 for about 1.5 hours per session. Complete pre-post surveys and weekly assignments. Certificate of completion provided.

Parental Consent Form must be completed prior to participation in either option: 

If you have questions please contact Sharon Kinsey at

4-H Walking Art 2022

Join Ocean County 4-H for the 3rd Annual Walking Art Competition! Using a GPS device, you are challenged to walk or geo-catch an image using an app of choice (recommendations include Map My Walk®, Strava®, or Geocaching®). This competition is for any NJ youth, 4-H member or not, and will run from June 24 to September 16. Entries will be featured during National 4-H Week in October.

Club Fundraising Opportunity

Contact the 4-H Office for more details if you are interested in participating as a club.


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Submit today:

*Contest open to current and past 4-H members everywhere!

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, July 15, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Crispy Chick Peas
Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Eat This Not That
Thursday, July 21, 2022, 9:00 am The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants (fee)
Friday, July 22, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Watermelon Pizza
Wednesday, July 13, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Myths and Facts about Popular Diet Strategies
Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Watermelon Salsa

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Nutrition for Colorectal Health
Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Welcome Your Wellness
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Sun Safety
Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 9:30 am – Diseases and Pests of Trees – in person (fee)
Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Meal Planning to Save Money
Monday, August 29, 2022, 6:30 pm – Microplastics in our Waters: Sources and Fate
Tuesday, August 30, 2022, 9:00 amIntroduction to Pruning Techniques – in person (fee)
Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: The 8 Components of Wellness

Join us at 10am on the third Wednesday of the month to brush up on your horticultural knowledge.

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