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Free Admission and Parking at the 4-H Fair

 

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COURT HOUSE — The Cape May County 4-H Fair has free admission each day, July 16-18, for visitors to enjoy all the programs, exhibits and entertainment.
The annual 4-H fair runs July 16 – 18 at the 4-H fairgrounds located at 355 Court House – South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. Public hours for the fair are noon to 9 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. and new this year, extended hours from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sat. Admission is free and there is a host of fun events Thurs. through Sat.
At the Friends and Family Alumni Tent you can explore donated memorabilia from the organization’s early days, page through 27 years of local 4-H partnership with the Cape May County Herald, and reconnect with old friends. Don’t forget to leave your mark, more specifically your thumb print, on the large four-leaf clover.
Don’t forget to check out the six new inflatable obstacle courses, bounce houses and water slides. See if you can hang on for 8 seconds on the mechanical bull, and try your hand at the rock wall. Kids will also love the pony and camel rides.
Visitors can explore the Children’s Discovery Farm, a unique interactive exhibit where young children can experience some of the sights, sounds and activities involved in farming during the fair. There will be a hay maze, scarecrow making and educational games geared for young visitors. Be sure to stop by the photo booth where kids can strike a pose with miniature horse Willow and take a “Touch, Taste and Smell Tour of Irma’s Herb Garden.
New this year on Sat. is a mountain bike stunt show with championship rider and stunt bicyclist Mike Steidley. This bicycling daredevil will perform at 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.
Returning this year, the Fair Farmers’ Market will be operating in an effort to connect residents and visitors to local farmers and their delicious produce.
Matt Hass, of Sawdogs Chainsaw Carvers, a favorite exhibitor at last year’s 4-H fair, will be also be returning to the fairgrounds and extending his time to four shows daily at the fair for demonstrations with an auction of his works on Sat. afternoon.
Get colorful at the 4-H Color Fun Run on July 18 at the fairgrounds with the race beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00 at the beginning of Betty Jean Lane.
The popular Children’s Pet Show, sponsored by Smeltzer& Sons Feed & Pet Supplies, will take place on Sat., July 18, beginning at 9 a.m. on the main stage. All children are invited to bring their favorite dogs, cats, rabbits and other unusual pets for many fun classes, including costumes and pet-owner look alikes. Trophies, gift certificates or ribbons will be awarded in all classes. The entry fee is $1 per class.
Parking is available for free at the Crest Haven Complex with free shuttle bus service to the fairgrounds starting at noon from the Cape May County Technical School on Thurs. and Fri. and 10:00 a.m. on Sat. Buses are comfortable, air-conditioned and fully handicapped accessible. Look for parking signs at exit 11 East off the Garden State Parkway.
Limited premium parking is available at the Atlantic Cape Community College campus, located next door to the fairgrounds, for a suggested $5 donation.
The 4-H Youth Development program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. Volunteers are always needed to assist at the 4-H Fair. Please call (609) 465-5115 ext. 605 for more information. Learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program and the 4-H Fair at the 4-H Foundation website cmc4h.com

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