* Reminder *

All 4-H Fair Paperwork and Record books are due to the 4-H Office in 1 WEEK!
The Deadline is FRIDAY, JUNE 30 by 4:30 pm

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

2023 NJSF®/SCFHS 4-H Club Booth Theme

The theme for the 4-H club booth displays for the
2023 NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show is…

4-H: _  (insert your own descriptive word here)__ Grows Here!

This is a great opportunity to share with the public how 4-H clubs empower youth to pursue their passions to learn new skills.

Show us what 4-H means to you, both leaders and club members. What does your club do and how it can inspire others? What projects, activities, and/or events has your club participated in this project year? How has your club provided service to others? How have the project, activities, and/or events in your club inspired the youth in your club and/or the community? Show the public and us what it is that makes 4-H and your club special and why they would want to be part of it.

To promote conservation and keep 4-H green, the reuse or use of recycled materials in your design is encouraged. Creative interpretation of the theme and use of green materials will be among the criteria used by those judging the booths. Interactive displays are encouraged, but all parts and décor must remain in the booth. Please remember that booths should be a collaborative effort by the whole club.

To participate, a club booth form needs to be completed and returned it to the 4-H office by June 30 to register for the fair.

2024 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 29-December 3) in Atlanta, Georgia.

More information about the program and the application form is available on the New Jersey 4-H website at: http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/nat4hcongress/ soon.   

The deadline to submit applications to our Sussex 4-H office is Tuesday, July 16.
This is open to 4-H members in grades 10-13 as of September 2024.

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 resistojetrocketry@gmail.com

The club’s website is https://nj4h.space/ and the report of their launch in Alabama can be found on  the Rutgers Newsroom: https://sebsnjaesnews.rutgers.edu/2023/05/morris-county-4-h-rocket-team-rocks-launch-week-in-alabama/ 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! 

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

For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

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 hworts@njstatefair.org

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

Help Needed Grading Record Books

If you might be interested in learning about other project areas the office is always happy to accept help in grading all the records books of all the clubs over the next few weeks. Score sheets are provided to assist you. This is open to any volunteers (leaders and parents).
If you are willing to help out please reach out to Tanya (patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu)

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