For those who have never attended the Warren County Farmers’ Fair you will be delighted to find old-fashioned fun at old-fashioned prices. The event, which also includes a Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by JCP&L, is held in scenic Warren County, New Jersey and is easily accessible from Routes 80, 78 and 22. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12; ages 4 and under are free. Parking is also free of charge.
For years – 80 to be exact – the Fair has not followed inflation trends. The director’s idea of inflation is the Mass Hot Air Balloon Inflation each evening of the Fair – which is included in the low admission price.
Over its long history the Warren County Farmers’ Fair has remained an agricultural fair. In more recent years the Fair introduced more attractions like the balloon festival, traditional arts expo and Kids’ Corral. Main Arena attractions also include two demolition derbies, an ATV and Truck Mud Bog, along with Truck and Tractor Pulls. Opening day will kick off on Saturday, July 30 and the Fair will run through Saturday, August 6, 2016.
There is nightly action in the Main Arena, which includes two Demolition Derbies, Truck Mud Bog, along with Truck and Tractor Pulls. Ticketed Main Arena events range from a modest $5 to $12 and may be obtained in advance by mail order. To order your advance tickets download the form from the Warren County Farmers’ Fair website. and fill out and send with a check and self addressed stamped envelope.
There are plenty of contests that visitors can participate in or will enjoy watching. Visit the website and click on the Rules and Regs to view the competitions that might be of interest. In 2012 the Fair introduced a Country Idol Contest, Truck Show and Mr. Warren County. By popular demand there will be a Ms. Warren County contest in 2014. Traditional favorites include a variety of 4-H & FFA shows, Kiddie Pedal Pull, home and garden contests, a talent show and numerous car shows throughout the week.
Teens can compete in individual contests from 1-6 pm each day, as a "crew of two" or in a triathlon. Contests for individuals include watermelon eating and a cotton ball count. For the crew of two contests its hay bale rolling and a balloon shave. The triathlon includes the Egg and Spoon, Tricycle Race and the Orange Peel contests.
The Fair is a veritable wonderland of fun experiences. From the animal barns to the Kids’ Corral, the Fair is a place where you will find wholesome entertainment, affordably! The Kids’ Corral gives fairgoers with small children value added opportunities, as everything in the Corral is free of charge. Little ones can make crafts, enjoy clown shows, compete in contests for prizes and more. This year’s line up includes Merriloons the Clown, Rizzo’s Reptiles, Winakung at Waterloo and environmental educator Diana Dove. Contests include Pie eating, egg rolling and Fear Factor Veggie Style.
The Fair is most magical for small children and youth. If you are a member of the 4-H or FFA (Future Farmers of America) the Fair is a place where you can show off projects you worked on throughout the year. The Fair also gives these youth an opportunity to hone their communication skills. On your trip around the Fairgrounds don’t miss the following stops – the 4-H and FFA buildings – to check out the incredible work these students deliver! When you are done in the FFA building check out the animal barns.
Beyond the FFA and livestock buildings is the Horse Ring. Each day you may watch a different horse show, from Western and English competitions to a dressage and even a jousting demo.
For those that have an appreciation for the old fashioned, on either side of the Kids’ Corral and Circus area you will find the Traditional Arts Building and the Home & Garden Building. Catch demonstrations of lost arts like lace making, weaving and quilting in the Traditional Arts Building. The Home & Garden Building is full of everything from hand made crafts and fine arts to photography and bounty from people’s gardens.
After dinner you will want to head over to the Hot Air Balloon Launch field where you can enjoy the Balloon Festival, all included in your original admission! That’s right, the Warren County Farmers’ Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival is the ultimate twofer. You not only can enjoy the Fair and all the charm and free fun it offers, but you can also experience a bevy of hot air balloons launch from green pasture to blue sky! Weather permitting, the balloon festival mass launches each evening include up to forty hot air balloons. Among the balloons you will see Airhead Invader, the special shape green monster hot air balloon. The balloons also compete during the week in the usual “Hare and Hound Races,” and the unusual Bicycle Balloon Race, a fundraiser for a local charity.
The Fair Directors look forward to providing you with another year of old fashioned fun at old fashioned prices. The Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival runs from Saturday, July 29 to Saturday, August 5, 2017. For a list of hours and other activities, and to sign up for enews, consult theWarren County Farmers’ Fair website. To book a hot air balloon ride, click here.
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