Dear Fairgoers,

Summer in New Jersey means juicy peaches, mouthwatering tomatoes, day trips to the shore and county fairs!  On behalf of the Rutgers New Jersey 4-H program, I welcome you to the Cape May County Fair. 

While you are here, I encourage you to check out the 4-H projects, exhibitions and shows.  Take a minute to ask a 4-H member about what they have learned in 4-H this year.  I bet you’d be surprised as just how much young people learn and grow through their 4-H experience. 

As part of the New Jersey 4-H program, more than 35,500 youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) are learning about everything from livestock to computer science, from gardening to expressive arts.  4-H youth are also developing critical life skills like responsibility, generosity, independence and active citizenship.  I would like to congratulate all of our 4-H members for a productive 4-H year- developing and practicing new skills and abilities!

Volunteers are truly the heart of 4-H!  The 4-H program would simply not be possible without the contributions of time and talent by our caring 4-H volunteers.  I send a hardy thank you to each and every one of the 2,800 volunteers across the state who serve the youth of New Jersey as 4-H leaders.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the 4-H program, reach out to the county Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office or check out to learn more about the opportunities available. 

Enjoy your time at the Fair!

Rachel Lyons

Chair, Department of 4-H Youth Development

Associate Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension