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Somerset County “Join 4-H” Open House Scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey

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I know, I know… I promised you photos from the Somerset County 4-H Fair back in August… but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I’m going to make good on my promise right now, as a way of encouraging those of you with kids in first grade through high school to come out with your family to the “Join 4-H” Open House on Tuesday, October 7th from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Kids in Grades 1-3 (like London and Maddie) can join 4-H Prep.  Kids in Grades 4-12 can join a standard 4-H club.  Lots of Somerset County 4-H clubs will be represented with booths at this event…from 4-H Prep Clubs like the Crazy Clovers to specialty clubs, including: dogs, chickens, horses, cows/steer, rabbits, reptiles, scientists, chefs and more.

Last year was London’s first year as a 4-H Prepper, and this year Maddie is old enough to graduate from “tag along” to a proud Prep Club member.

Rex is enthusiastic about the prospect of owning chickens, so in addition to our 4-H Prep Club meetings, we’re going to try to sit in on some of the Wattles and Snood club meetings this year to learn more about the process of raising chickens. To give you an idea of what goes on in a typical 4-H Prep Club, last year our club met twice a month from November through June. On separate evenings throughout the year, we had “guest speakers” from a dog club and a goat club, and our club attended a meeting of the chicken club. On meeting nights when our club members weren’t sampling the other clubs, the 4-H families took turns leading the meetings:

  • London and Maddie and I led the club in cooking Rice Krispie treats;
  • Another family supervised the construction of catapults using mouse traps and marshmallows;
  • One family led the kids in a game based on “Picnic,” with each member choosing an animal (with same starting letter as their name), then expanding on this to discuss the natural habitat of the animals selected, using hand-out maps of the continents.
  • We did science experiments involving lava lamps, sound waves and vibrations; and
  • We made crafts, including one night when the kids created special pins for Mother’s Day by coloring Shrinky Dinks and shrinking them down in a toaster oven.

This year, London and Maddie will be disappointed to miss our club’s first meeting, when our leader will be taking the kids on a bug hunt outside the 4-H Center. It’s been about 35 years, but at one of our club’s October meetings, I’m hoping to re-enact a favorite activity from my 4-H Prep Club, the Branchburg Beavers. I still remember the meeting when our whole club carved pumpkins together.

In 4-H, you can learn about science, go-karts, animals, rocketry, clothing, creative arts, food & nutrition, while developing leadership skills and public speaking and much more. Best yet, you can have FUN and meet new friends too!

For more information, call the 4-H Office: (908) 526-6644 or visit online at

“Join 4-H” Open House:  Tuesday, October 7th from 7pm to 8:30pm

Ted Blum 4-H Center of Somerset County, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ

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