Today we attended the first day of the 37th annual Morris County 4H Fair at Chubb Park in Chester. Entrance to the fair is free, but they are collecting $5.00 donations to park your car. (Is it REALLY a donation if it's not optional? hmm) It is much smaller than the other fairs in our area that the 4H participates in, but makes up it by being more hands-on. For instance, my granddaughter got up close and personal with a very big snake (who I was not overly fond of). Its owner was more than willing to answer any and all questions about her pet. There were other reptiles on exhibit, as well.
In the small animal tent, there were bunnies, chickens, hamsters, mice, and even a chinchilla. They have a fenced in area the children can sit in and get acquainted with bunnies, guinea pigs, and whatever other little critter happens to be in attendance at the time. In another fenced in area, they can spend 5 minutes holding a baby chick for 50 cents.
They have carnival rides..the usual merry go round, slide, big swings and such. There were pony rides, always my granddaughter's absolute favorite, and a hayride pulled by a tractor.
Merriloons the Clown was in attendance, fashioning hats, swords, and animals from balloons for the kiddies. For $1.00, the little ones could paint up a wooden shape of their choice, at one of the exhibitor's tables. There will be various contests over the course of the weekend- watermelon eating, cake decorating, etc.
If you need to just sit for a while, the entertainment tent has various bands and dance groups performing all weekend. Or you could treat yourself to a variety of fair foods and sit in the shade of the big tent to enjoy them.
Various service units have booths set up offering educational materials. At the Burn Trailer, Firefighter Phil talks to the kids about fire safety. DARE does puppet shows for the kids as well.
There was also a rummage sale to benefit the 4H...lots of used books, toys, plants, etc, at very reasonable prices. I know I haven't mentioned everything there was to do there, and we missed things by going today, instead of over the weekend. All in all, a not-too-expensive day out, though.