County of Monmouth


July 25, 2014 


County 4-H Association is busy at the Fair

Annual event is a culmination of year-long activities


FREEHOLD, NJ – For the Monmouth County 4-H Association, the annual Monmouth County Fair is a showcase of the many achievements and skills that 4H members have learned throughout the year.


“Participating in the Monmouth County Fair is a summer highlight for many 4H’ers,” Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry said. “I’m sure that they will create memories and make friendships that will last a lifetime.”


Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry (center) joins the 2014 Monmouth County 4-H Ambassadors Erica Todd (left) and Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak (right) at the Monmouth County Fair. Freeholder Director Burry, who is the liaison to the County’s Cooperative Extension Service, was on hand opening night of the Fair to crown the 2014 Monmouth County 4-H Ambassadors Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak of Millstone and Erica Todd of Jackson. Both young women are members of the Monmouth County Teen Council and will serve as local envoys to other 4-H groups in the nation until the 2015 Fair.


4-H involves children from kindergarten through one year passed high school (grade 13) in dozens of clubs and activities. Traditional clubs involve livestock and farming activities. But some of the less traditional clubs, like herpetology, care for arachnids, newts and salamanders and snakes. Other clubs develop skills in crafts, art, photography, writing, dance and theater arts.


“These talented youth bring their enthusiasm for life to the fair each year,” Virginia Kryzanowski, Monmouth County’s 4-H Program Associate. “This year, fairgoers will once again be impressed by the accomplishments of our 4H’ers. Although some activities are standard every year, there are new opportunities for people to get involved. The County Fair is a great way that to encourage our youth to join 4-H.”


“Special thanks goes to the adults who work directly with the youth as 4H Volunteers,” said Burry. “They are the backbone of the organization and give much of their time to make this fair one of the best in the state.”


The 4-H program is a unit of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service in Monmouth County.


The goals of the Monmouth County 4H program are to:

§  Recognize, showcase & evaluate the accomplishments of 4H members

§  Encourage teens and adults to become 4H volunteers

§  Highlight the county 4H program

§  Familiarize the public with 4H philosophy

§  Provide an opportunity for the public to participate in enjoyable and educational, family oriented 4H events


The Monmouth County Fair is a joint project of the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 4-H Association.


For more information about the 4-H program, a unit of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service in Monmouth County, call 732-431-7260 x7264 or visit the office at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold.
The Fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 23 to 27. The Fair gate is open 5 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (July 23 to 26) and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 27. The Fair is held at East Freehold Park Showgrounds on Kozloski Road, between Routes 33 and 537 in Freehold Township. Admission is $8 per person. Children 12 and under are free at all times. For more information on the Monmouth County Fair, visit or call 732-842-4000.




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