Sussex County 4-H Weekly Newsletter July 2 – 9, 2021

The RCE/4-H Office will be closed Monday, July 5, 2021, in honor of the 4th of July.

Be sure to check out the revised version of the
4-H Families Prepare For Fair Guide.

It has the full 4-H Schedule, as well as, the full Ag Arena schedule of shows and events. Some days and times have been changed from previous years, so be sure to double-check.

Please also remember if you are exhibiting in the Shotwell Building to sign up for a shift or 2 at the 4-H Ambassador Table.

And this year, the New Jersey State Fair has stated that Rabies vaccinations are Recommended but NOT REQUIRED except for Cats & Dogs that are to be exhibiting on the fairgrounds.

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and Non-4-H Members.

Upcoming NJ 4-H Workshops

July 27 at 1 pm: Seeing and Composing Creative Photographs (For Middle and High Schoolers)      

Come learn how to create effective images through strong composition. In this webinar, our photography instructor will engage you in conversation about learning to see photographically. Youth do not need to bring cameras or photographs to the session.

Current NJ 4-H STEP

Junior International Explores Guam

Hey kids! Do you know where Guam is? Did you know it is not a country, but a territory of the US? Would you like to meet kids from Guam and learn about their culture? Well then, this is the club for YOU! We’ll be sharing what kids from NJ love to do while learning what Chamorro (people from Guam) kids love as well. This club is open to 15 American youth and 15 Chamorro youth and will be completely in English. We’ll be making traditional dishes together (a list of ingredients needed will be provided after registration) and covering things like music and dancing, local legends and stories, and our countries’ iconic destinations. Register here if you are up for an adventure to explore another culture and make new friends from around the globe! This program is for youth 10–13. Sessions will run on Monday and Wednesdays from 7 pm–8 pm Starting July 7 through August 2.

Junior International Explores Virtual Club- Guam registration link

Understanding Food Allergies Workshop Series 

Over the course of three, one-hour interactive workshops via Zoom, you will learn what food allergies are, why allergic reactions occur, and how you can keep friends with food allergies safe. Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare (in the microwave), a quick, single-serve, allergen-free dessert. Open to youth (4th grade and up) and adults. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays, 6:30–7:30 pm, from July 14 through July 28. 

Understanding Food Allergies Workshop Series registration link

National 4-H Summer STEP Clubs

4-H Virtual Cooking Camp

Get your summer sizzle on with Pennsylvania 4-H! This FREE virtual cooking camp is open to all kids and families across the country. You’ll learn how to whip up tasty summer dishes like Rainbow Buddha Bowls and Garden Sloppy Joes. Register by July 14.

Register Here

4-H Game Design Challenge
Summer 2021

Passaic County 4-H is holding its first Game Design Challenge. Did you know that playing board games can be more than just good family fun? Playing board games is also good for teaching and practicing cognitive skills such as decision making, higher-level strategic thinking, and problem-solving, all skills important in the computer science field!

Families all across NJ are eligible to enter!
You will receive instructions and more information via email after you have completed registration.


Please email any questions or concerns to
Register early as supplies are limited.

The Furry Friends 4-H Club is hosting a fun show at the Somerset County 4-H Center. Because of Covid restrictions, the show will be limited to 100 people and everyone MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES and sign in when they arrive. Social distancing will be enforced as much as practicable.

For show entry paperwork or to ask questions contact Sandy Bate at

Mercer County 4-H Fair Invitational Shows

Mercer County 4-H and the Clever Clovers 4-H Club are hosting invitational 4-H animal shows at the 102nd Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Farm, July 31 and August 1.

All currently registered 4-H members from throughout New Jersey are invited to show at our fair.  Cloverbud divisions (K-3) will be included (non-competitive). 

Invitational 4-H Goat ShowSaturday, July 3110:00 a.m.
Invitational 4-H Rabbit ShowSaturday, July 313:00 p.m.
Invitational 4-H Poultry ShowSaturday, July 313:00 p.m.
Invitational 4-H Sheep ShowSunday, August 110:00 a.m.

Our fair is located on the grounds of a beautiful historic farm, situated in the historic Pleasant Valley of Hopewell Township.  Come to exhibit your animals, but stay to enjoy homemade ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, the whistle of the steam engine, and the sounds of multiple string bands (traditional bluegrass).  Make sure you allow enough time to tour the farm, watch the wheat threshing demo, relax near the stream, and get lunch or dinner.

Show information and online registration will be out soon!  They are also in the process of updating our fair website.  For now, just hold the above dates in your calendar.

2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair

Thursday, August 26

The show catalog and online entry for the 2021 State 4-H Goat Show at the Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair on Thursday, August 26 are available on our state 4-H goat websiteThere is also a one-page info sheet that highlights key health requirements (proof of rabies vaccination required) and important info regarding the vet check and the need for legible animal identification.  Entries must be submitted online by August 13.

Several key points:

  1. New online entry is super easy and fast (and due August 13).  A fee of $20 per exhibitor will be accepted at the show (cash or check payable to Mercer County 4-H).
  2. Since several counties aren’t having local shows this year, we are NOT requiring members to have exhibited at the county level.  All 4-H members in good standing, who were registered by January 1, are eligible for the state show this year.
  3. Fainting goats, pygmy goats, dairy wethers, does over 24 months that have never freshened, and meat goat wethers over 12 months of age will be judged as companion goats. We developed and posted a companion goat scorecard on the state 4-H goat show website.
  4. All standard dairy goat breeds will be shown together: Alpine, La Mancha, Nubian, Oberhasli, Saanen, and Toggenburg – instead of separate breed classes.  Nigerian Dwarfs will continue to have their own class.

There will be a vet check that enforces rules #1-4 – all animals MUST have legible identification that matches their health papers!!!  No exceptions will be made!

For questions or more information please contact Chad Ripberger at

Entries must be postmarked by August 20, 2021. 

To participate in this show, it is not required for a 4-H member to have participated in a 4-H county or invitational show. 

The catalog is posted on the NJ 4-H website at: 


Georgia Boot is a proud partner of National 4-H Council. We believe every kid should have the opportunity to be #GeorgiaBootStrong and create a better path #Fourward through the hands-on learning experiences that 4-H offers. These programs help build confidence, creativity, leadership, and resiliency, shaping our future leaders.

From now until August of 2023, we will offer various promotions on our website and at select retail partner locations. A portion of sales from these promotions will be donated to National 4-H Council to provide critical resources needed to support the organization’s efforts to empower our youth. Georgia Boot has committed to a minimum donation of $75,000 in 2021, $75,000 in 2022 and $85,000 in 2023.

What do you think would happen if the toy company Schleich got together with 4-H to create the most fantastic animal tale of all time?

Find out with the “Create Your Story” contest, starting NOW! The top 10 stories will go to a vote and the top two will be part of an interactive “create your own adventure” video premiering this fall! For more information visit:

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

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Classes scheduled for the next few weeks are:

Monday, July 5, 2021State and County Offices closed
Wednesday, July 7, 2021; 2:00 pmSummertime and Healthy Eating is Easy
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pmCloverTalks: Kristine and the Reusables
Thursday, July 8, 2021; 2:00 pm Quick Refrigerator Pickling
Friday, July 9, 2021; 11:00 amFamily-Friendly Summer Drinks

Saturday, July 10, 2021; 9:00 amPet First Aid & CPR Certification Online (fee)

Monday, July 12, 2021; 6:00 pmPet First Aid & CPR Certification Online (fee)
Tuesday, July 13, 2021; 12:00 pm – Real Recipes: Tuna Salad with Herb Toast
Thursday, July 16, 2021; 12:00 pmSpotted Lanternfly Q&A | Helpline Live

July 16-22, 2021 (online)CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License

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