The Sussex County 4H Weekly Newsletter will be taking a break soon for two weeks, Aug. 4 & Aug. 11.
It will return on August 18.

Countdown to the
2023 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show

June 4, 2023 5:00 Pm

For more information about set-up/drop-off dates please see our
2023 Prepare for Fair Guide.


2023 AG Barn, Show, and Vet Check Schedules

Fair Shotwell Project Drop-Off Reminders

Sunday, July 30, 3-5 pm – Projects Drop off for: Outdoor Education, Child Care, Home Furnishings, Arts & Crafts, Art, Ceramics, Needlecraft, Photography, Construction, Hobbies & Collections, Woodcraft, Canine & Feline Studies

Tuesday, August 1, 3-8 pm – Club booth set up
Wednesday, August 2, 3-8 pm– Club Booth set up

Friday, August 4, 10 am – Horticulture Entry drop off

Wednesday, August 9, 10 am – Foods Entry drop off

Sussex County 4-H 50/50s are now available.

If you are interested in selling or purchasing, please contact Dave or Tanya.

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

NJSF/SCF&HS Service Animal Policy

To see the full NJSF/SCF&HS policy please contact the Fair office.

4-H Representative Spotlight

4-H Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal
Jocelyn O’Keeffe

Clubs: Regal Rabbits
Town from: Newton
Years in Project: 7

“Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.” 

4-H Beef
Kaden Conover

Clubs: Top O’ Jersey Beef
Town from: Wantage
Years in Project: 3

4-H where friends become family 

4-H Sheep
Ava Dickson

Clubs: Sussex Shepherds
Town from: Montague
Years in Project: 4

Are you 16 years old or older and looking to make some extra money??

The NJSF/SCF&HS is looking for ticket takers. No experience is necessary.
If interested contact Harold Worths at

Host a High School Student with States’ 4-H!

States’ 4-H International is actively accepting applications to host international high school students from Japan and South Korea for the 2023-24 school year! Join our amazing community of year-long host families and bring the richness of the world to your home and community. 
 To learn more & apply, contact
Matthew Newman
(732) 431-7260

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? NJ Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger. Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at

For more information visit

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Leaders – Please Complete the End of Project Year Survey

As your club begins to finish this project year and members look forward to exhibiting/displaying their hard work in August, the 4-H office is already looking further ahead to the 2023-24 4-H project year. 
Please take this quick survey using the below link to help us update our county 4-H club roster and promotional material ahead of this year’s fair, as well as our office records.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of the Sussex 4-H program and its 4-H members.

Dave & Tanya

Attention 4-H alumni, parents, volunteers and stakeholders…

Mark Your Calendars! Here are the NJ 4-H State Association meeting dates for 2024. We are still looking for additional volunteers to help make the best better and join the association! Visit to be added to the mailing list or contact to learn more about the State Association!

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