Bergen County Fair & Fall Harvest Festival September 27th - 29th
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, September 29, 2013, 07:38 AM EDT
It was a bucolic day for a 4H Fair at Overpeck Park. Tents were set up displaying the efforts of the 4H members and beautiful flowers ringed the area. Kathe Donovan, Bergen County Executive, appeared and accompanied the parade to the stage from their tent set up on the grounds. She welcomed everyone and lauded the young 4 H members who were on the stage with her and took part in the welcoming ceremony. She even confessed that she had been a member of 4H in her youth and pointed out Roger Barr, now retired, in the audience as her leader.
Joel Flagler, the County Extension Department Head from Rutgers University, has taken over 4H temporarily until they can get a new leader. Joel has been the Bergen County Agricultural Agent for many years. An old friend, it was good to see him after all the time that has passed. For quite awhile Joel used to write an educational weekly column during the agricultural season.
It seems that 4H is in a period of flux now until they get someone to lead the group full time. Membership has dropped to 160 youngsters in eight clubs from a period when there were thirty to forty 4H clubs. Leadership has also dwindled. Adults are needed to accompany the children on the many trips that they take which include Washington, DC and other places within our great nation.
Ron Kistner, Bergen County Department of Parks Director, did a masterful job of setting up the plans for this endeavor. He enlisted the aid of showman Nick DeMauro in obtaining a carnival for amusement rides. Valley Amusements was chosen for this show and provided a variety to accommodate all ages.