Cape May County 4-H Offers Fall Open House – POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY, OCT. 11


Have you ever wondered what 4-H has to offer your child in Cape May County?

Come see what it’s all about during the Cape May County 4-H Open House on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the 4-H fairgrounds. The open house kicks off National 4-H Week from October 4-10.

During the event, which is open to all, 4-H members and leaders from various 4-H clubs in the county will share information about their clubs and offer fun, hands-on children’s activities. Members of the public are invited to explore the wide variety of 4-H clubs available and find out how they can register their children or volunteer their time. Twenty-two local clubs include teen leadership, herpetology, equestrian, fishing, gardening, sewing, culinary arts, archery and livestock. The 4-H Open House will include a petting zoo, hay rides and fall crafts.

The 4-H Open House also features a Halloween Fun Horse Show, which is open to all participants in 12th grade and under with their own horse. Costumed youth and horses will compete for prizes in fun classes such as a costume contest, the “Headless Horseman’s Hideout,” the “Team Witches’ Brew Relay Race” and the “Hairy Scary.”

Research has proven that participation in 4-H has a significant positive impact on young people. Recent findings from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development indicate that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are:
• Nearly four times more likely to contribute to their communities,
• Two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors,
• And, two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in out-of-school time.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth grades K – 13 on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, natural origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

If You Go: The 4-H Open House starts at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Coover Livestock Pavilion located at the rear of the 4-H fairgrounds on 355 Court House – South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House. The Halloween Fun Horse Show starts at 11 a.m. and is open to all participants in grades 12 and under with their own horse. Entry fees are $1 per class. Both events are open to the public.

Learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program at the 4-H Foundation website or call (609) 465-5115 ext. 605.