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Mark Your Calendar for 2010 Gloucester County 4-H Fair and NJ Peach Festival

(Mullica Hill, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Deputy Director Bob Damminger announced today that the Gloucester County 4-H Fair and New Jersey Peach Festival will be held on Thursday July 22 through Saturday July 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday July 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 4-H fairgrounds on Rte. 77 (275 Bridgeton Pike) in Mullica Hill, NJ.

"For the past 63 years the Gloucester County 4 H Fair has delighted people of all ages and we are very proud of this opportunity to showcase the beauty and bounty of our region.  When you go the 4-H Fair and Peach Festival you really taste what Gloucester County is all about," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. 

Fun activities for the whole family include equestrian contests, amusement rides, rabbits and small animals, Diaper Derby, a baby parade, Draft Horse pull, livestock shows, swine costume contest, birdhouse decorating contest, musical arts, reptiles, karate exhibitions, exotic birds, Heart of Elvis show, hog, goat and lamb auction, pony rides, garden tractor pull, peach educational events, Peach Queen and Little Miss Peach Competitions.

Food is another highlight at the 4-H fair.  Taste tempting dinners will be served Thursday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Each night fair goers can enjoy barbecue chicken and ribs with all the extras prepared by Lapps Country Kitchen.

The People's Choice Chili Cook-Off is new to the fair this year. It is sponsored by the GC 4H Fair Association. Contestants must be prepared to cook the chili on site at the 4-H Fairgrounds, and prepare 15-20 gallons.  For entry information, contact Bernadette Blackstock at bebkst@aol.com.  The contest takes place Saturday July 24, in the Midway at the 4-H Fairgrounds, from 11:00 to 3:00.

Freeholder Deputy Damminger said, "The four fun-filled days are the culmination of a year's hard work by the 4-H Youth, their families, mentors and leaders.  We have many talented youth who are dedicated to the rich tradition of agriculture that makes Gloucester County a leader as one of the top producers in New Jersey."  

Exhibiting at the 4-H fair is the culmination of a full year of work for 4-H members.  Guests should plan to visit our more traditional projects in the animal barns filled with the rabbits, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, steers and cows that 4-Hers have learned to feed and care for through the program.  The 4-H exhibit barn is filled with information on Get Moving Get Healthy with NJ 4-H, demonstrations by the 4-H Spinning Club and pet or even hold an exotic bird as part of  Feathered Friends, the exotic bird club.  4-H is the youth development segment of Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension and is supported by the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders. 

Admission is free, but there is a $10.00 parking donation per carload, good for all four days regardless of vehicle size and number of passengers.  Coupons are available for $1.00 off parking by  emailing gloucester@njaes.rutgers.edu.

The New Jersey Peach festival is a statewide event to promote New Jersey Peaches sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Festival Assn, and the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council.  For more information visit http://gloucester.rce.rutgers.edu/fairfest/ for a complete listing of events or call (856) 307-6450 X 1 or 3.