Cape May County Fair

Thomas Germanio, 12, of Belleplain, gives his pig Burt a wash down with a hose to keep cool at the 2017 Cape May County 4-H Fair.

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — When the Cape May County 4-H Fair opens Thursday, the organization will mark the 50th anniversary of its foundation and purchase of the fairgrounds in 1969.

This year's fair will take place July 18 through 20 on the same 22-acre tract between the railroad tracks and Court House-South Dennis Road.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders purchased the lot in early 1969 and leased it to the 4-H organization. 

Melville Lockwood, whose name is on the 4-H Lockwood Youth Center, was the Cape May County 4-H Agent when the fairgrounds were purchased, cleared and developed. His son, Cliff Lockwood, has been a member of the 4-H Foundation Board of Directors for several years and is currently vice president of the board.

“My dad and many people worked very hard that year to have the grounds ready for the opening of the fair in July of 1969. They had to clear the grounds, plant grass, build a road and so much more in a short period of time," the younger Lockwood said. "Although the past and our history is important, 4-H has always been about the future for our children, and that is one reason being part of the 4-H Foundation today is important to all of us.”

Exhibits and activities include livestock and equestrian shows, a children’s discovery farm, a pet show, a bucking whale, a fun house, water slide and new attractions such as the Butterfly Experience and RC car racing. There will be live entertainment including Cowboy Larry and Brave Beth, Sawdogs Carver Mat Hess, and Jet Weston and His Atomic Ranch Hands, singing cowboys and more.

Admission is free. Parking is available at the Atlantic Cape Community College campus or the Cape May County Park & Zoo with free shuttle service.

For more information, call 609-465-5115, ext. 3605, or visit

Contact: 609-272-7251

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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