Gloucester County 4-H Fair & NJ Peach Festival July 27-30th
(Clayton, NJ) – The fun will be underway in just a little over a week with the County’s annual 4-H Fair and the New Jersey Peach Festival scheduled for Thursday, July 27th through Sunday, July 30th.
The 4-H Fair offers something for everyone. In addition to the displays and shows of 4-H projects, visitors can look forward to carnival rides, magic shows, musical acts, civil war re-enactors, a lumberjack show, a baby parade, racing pigs, a frog and turtle race, a craft fair, and much more. Barbecue dinners are a nightly draw and there are always lots of tasty snacks to be found like peach ice cream.
“The 4-H Fair and Peach Festival is a highlight of summertime in Gloucester County. There are 50 4-H clubs with 726 children that will be participating this year. The kids they have worked on a wide variety of 4-H projects throughout the year that will be showcased at the Fair,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “The 4-H Fair and Peach Festival is a great time to celebrate the children, our rich tradition of 4-H, agriculture, and everything that is Gloucester County,” stated Sweeney.
Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger, liaison to 4-H and Rutgers Cooperative Extension, said, “Gloucester County has been the home to the state’s official Peach Festival for the past eleven years. We are the largest peach growing county in New Jersey and we are very proud of our farmers and their produce.”
The New Jersey Peach Festival runs concurrently with the 4-H fair. In addition to the crowning of the New Jersey Peach Queen and the awarding of the New Jersey Governors Cup for the best box of peaches, a wide variety of educational displays, and the sale of fresh juicy peaches and peach products are held.
The New Jersey Peach Festival will begin Thursday, July 27 with the placement and judging of the commercial peach pack competition from the state’s top peach growers. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture annually judges the best firm ripe peaches from samples taken from peach packing and shipping facilities and the best is awarded the Governors Cup. This will be presented Friday evening July 28 during the Peach Queen Competition.
In addition to displays of all types of yellow and white-fleshed peach and nectarines, there are educational displays of peach pest management, variety development, and everything you want to know about peaches.
The annual peach bake off competition will be held on Saturday July 29 and the Little Mister and Miss Peach Blossom parade for kids will be held on Sunday, July 30.
Jersey Fresh peaches and other peach products will be sold throughout the 4-day festival. These include the best fresh New Jersey peaches, peach breads, peach pastries, jams and jellies and Jersey Grown plants and Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables too.
The proceeds of the fair go to the programs, facilities, and services that benefit 4-H children throughout the year. The Gloucester County 4-H program is supported by Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders, private contributors, and the valued efforts of countless volunteers. The proceeds of the peach festival go to the promotion and marketing of New Jersey peaches. A parking donation of $10 per carload, good for all four days, is requested at the parking entrance.
Where: The Gloucester County 4-H Fair Association, Inc.
Fairgrounds: 275 Bridgeton Pike (Rt. 77), Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Find the complete 4-H fair schedule on the web at www.co.gloucester.nj.us and click on 4-H Peach Festival or go directly to http://gloucester.rce.rutgers.edu/fairfest/