The 4H used to be part of the larger Flemington Fair which was the big Hunterdon County event from 1848 until 1999 when it ceased. The historic fair grounds soon morphed into a Walmart.
Not to be thwarted, several members of the Hunterdon County Board of Agriculture formed a committee to continue the local exhibition of 4-H and agricultural displays. (http://www.hunterdoncountyfair.com/general/history).
I used to be more interested in the rides and the sideshow when my parents took me to the fair but now I love the whole atmosphere. We are slowly urbanizing so who knows how long this will last.