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The Cumberland County Cooperative Fair is held at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds, Carmel Rd, Millville, in July with 4-H and open class exhibits, animal exhibits, a petting zoo, amusement rides and the 4-H chicken barbecue. 856-451-2800.
In Cape May County, the 4-H Fair is a summer institution on the 4-H Fairgrounds, 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House. The 3-day event in mid-July features the famous chicken barbecue plus 4-H exhibits and competitions along with entertainment, horse and livestock shows. 609-465-5115.
The Atlantic County 4-H Fair in August is the only sanctioned agricultural fair for the county and hosted solely by 4-H with numerous animals, rides and unique exhibits with a chicken barbecue or a crab cake sandwich platter at the David C. Wood 4-H Fairgrounds, 6210 Route 50 in South Egg Harbor, between Routes 322 and 30. 609-625-0056.
DIAMONDS AND SUNSETS: Sunset Beach – at the end of Sunset Boulevard and as far south as you can go in the state – is famous for some of the most panoramic and colorful sunsets anywhere on the East Coast. Cape May Diamonds, once used by the local Native Americans as a talisman, are pure quartz crystals found primarily along the bayside beaches, especially Sunset Beach. These rocks are
washed down from the upper reaches of the Delaware River to the bay over thousands of years where the strong currents smack against the hulk of the sunken S.S. Atlantus, a concrete ship built in 1918 that ran aground just off Sunset Beach in the 1920s. The pieces of quartz, in a variety of sizes and colors, can be polished, faceted and set to resemble diamonds. Throughout the summer, the American Flag is lowered each evening as the sun dips into the Delaware Bay providing a moving and patriotic note to the end of the day. 800-757-6468;
STORYBOOK LAND: For more than 50 years, Storybook Land has been keeping the spirit of childhood alive in an entertaining and educational atmosphere. Park-like setting depicting all-time favorite childhood stories and nursery rhymes. A one-price admission includes unlimited rides. The Christmas season is especially magical as hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the walkways and attractions and the Claus family takes up residence. 609-641-7847;
The Bayside Center, 520 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, is an activities and education facility dedicated to the environmental and cultural aspects of the city’s bayfront with unmatched views of the Great Egg Harbor Bay. Docks allow bay access for fishing
and crabbing; boaters and kayakers can use the slips to launch or dock on a short-term basis. The Bay Window Environmental Center includes a walk by estuary waters, local game fish, and a display of tools used by bay men of the Great Egg Harbor Bay estuary, a mural by Ocean City artist Diane Bressler featuring species found in the local estuary and a photo gallery. Open from the last Saturday in June until Labor Day. 609-525-9244;
SOUTH JERSEY EARLY AMERICA HISTORIC TRAIL MAP: Over 300 years of history in three counties: The first 100 years of American history were crucial to forming our nation into what it is today. From the founding of our nation to the end of the Civil War, American citizens struggled with the ideas of independence, abolition of slaves, and the American identity. This trail through Southern New Jersey gives an idea of how people lived during this time frame and how South Jersey has impacted our nation’s early years. The South Jersey Early America Historic Trail will take you on a journey to see farmsteads, houses, churches, cemeteries & lighthouses that are preserved in prime condition. Throughout these historic stops, you will get a small slice of what life was like in South Jersey while still connecting back to popular history.
  4-H Fairs
  Sunset Beach
   Storybook Land
   Great Egg Harbor Bay

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