Since 1948, thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Somerset County 4-H Fair. The Fair has grown and changed, but there are still no admission or parking fees, no midway or carnival rides. This Fair recognizes the accomplishments of 1,000 Somerset County 4-H members and is a showcase for visitors to see a wide variety of 4-H projects in action.
Maps and schedules of daily events such as dog, horse and livestock shows are available in the information tent. Robots, twirling, go karts, rockets, magic, line dancing, model airplanes, R.C. cars, model trains and other 4-H clubs compete and perform. The Arts Tent, Science Tent and Prep Tent (for the youngest 4-H’ers) are packed with exhibits, activities for visitors, demonstrations and performances. Ten other 4-H tents house a variety of animals including dairy cows, beef, alpaca, horses, dogs, herpetology, sheep, goats, poultry, rabbits and small animals. Most animal tents have a petting area and information about how to join 4-H.
Somerset County Government, Raritan Valley Community College, Veterans Services, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset County Library and other non-profit organizations and commercial advertisers have displays, information, contests and free gifts. Under the big top, over 20 community organizations offer a wide variety of meals and snacks. All day, professional and amateur entertainment can be enjoyed.
The Fair is sponsored by the Somerset County 4-H Association and the Board of Chosen Freeholders in support of the 4-H Youth Development Program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H Members, volunteer Fair Managers, 4-H Club Leaders and parents work together, making this the largest event in Somerset County. Other partners include the Somerset County Park Commission and Raritan Valley Community College. Stevenson- D’Alessio American Legion Post #12 and Johnson & College Rt. 28, North Branch.