Rachael Given takes a turn running the robot built by Team Overdrive 2753 at the 2014 Somerset County 4H Fair. Credits: Suzette Given
North Plainfield's Katie Walto shows of her sheep to Mikaela and Rachael Given at the 2014 Somerset County 4H Fair. Credits: Suzette Given
Mikaela Given helps out her fellow group members at a table for Scale Modeler's Club at the 2014 Somerset County 4H Fair. Credits: Suzette Given
Freeholder Pay Walsh at the Somerset County Repbulican booth at the 4H Fair, along with Amanda Woloshen of Congressman Leonard Lance's office. Credits: NA Rudy
Green Brook's Liam Curran zoomed by in his red 85 at the go kart races for the 2014 Somerset County 4H Fair. Credits: NA Rudy
Pictorial: North Plainfield and Green Brook at the 4H Fair
Thursday, August 7, 2014 • 5:49pm
BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The 2014 Somerset County 4H Fair has been going gangbusters for the past two days, and continues through tomorrow at North Branch Park in Bridgewater.
When most people think of 4H they think of sheep and horses and gardening, and there certainly is a lot of animal husbandry and produce at the fair. North Plainfield's Katie Walto showed off her sheep at the fair, hoping for a blue ribbon.
But there's also a good bit of politicking, with the Somerset County Democrats and the Somerset County Republicans hosting booths back to back. Green Brook's Pat Walsh, a former Mayor and current county Freeholder, held court in the Republican booth.
And there's even more science and technology, with robots and rocket launches and scale models and some pretty amazing go-kart time trials. Mikaela Given of North Plainfield participated in the scale model club all year, and her younger sister Rachel got to operate a robot.
Green Brook's Liam Curran raced his go kart for the last time at the 4H fair now that he's turned 18, but don't worry since he'll be back next summer to coach younger kids getting in to the sport. There will be a full article on Liam tomorrow.
So be sure to visit the 4H Fair tonight or tomorrow before all these great projects -- agricultural and scientific -- are gone from public view for another year.