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

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

2023 National 4-H Congress
Applications are now being accepted

National 4-H Congress is a unique opportunity for 4-H members in grades 10-12 to come together with youth from all 50 states, that focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, community service, career development, and cultural diversity. The event brings over 1,000 4-H members over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend (November 24-28) in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information about the program and the application form is available on the New Jersey 4-H website at:   

The deadline to submit applications to our Sussex 4-H office is Tuesday, July 18.
This is open to 4-H members in grades 10-13 as of September 2023.

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

Interested in Design, Media, Engineering, Writing, Speaking, Teamwork, Leadership, and working with NASA?

The 4-H Rocketry Club ResistoJets is looking for new members to participate in the next NASA Student Launch competition. This doesn’t just require rocket scientists. The project includes a lot of other aspects from writing the proposal and reviews to creating a media presence, leading STEM engagement projects, recruiting more team members, and also coding, design, rocket building, and robotics, of course.

This past year, our group of middle school and high school students was able to get into the finals of the NASA Student Launch and go to Huntsville, Alabama to fly their rocket along with the other selected college and university teams as well as a few middle and high school teams from all over the country. It was a very rewarding experience!

The team is open to any high school and older middle school students interested in this amazing opportunity and willing to offer their time and skills. The next season for this program starts in August and the team needs more members now!
Feel free to contact the club at

The club’s website is and the report of their launch in Alabama can be found on  the Rutgers Newsroom: as well as the 4-H event report

All registered NJ 4-H members are invited to participate in 4-H Invitational Shows at the 104th Mercer County 4-H Fair,
July 29-30 at the beautiful Howell Living History Farm just south of Lambertville.

Goat Showmanship Contest, Saturday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. (check-in from 8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Rabbit Show, Saturday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m. (check-in at 2:00 p.m.)

Poultry Show, Sunday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. (check-in from 8:00-9:30 a.m.)

For more details and registration forms, visit their 4-H fair website.  You will also see a schedule and map for all of their fair’s events – come for the animal shows and stay for the fair! 

Reel Into Fishing Event for Youth in Grades 5-10

Held  August 15 – 17, 2023 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM at the Ocean County Extension Building. Directions can be found here. No cost to participate except for refundable $25 deposit. Sponsored by Ocean County RCE and Int’l Game Fish Commission.

Learn all about fishery management, environmental science, visit a Rutgers field station and use a fishing boat as a place to learn fish tagging!

To register visit:

For more information contact

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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