New Jersey's State Fair: August 3 - 12, 2018

Drawing roughly a quarter of a million people from all over the Northeast and beyond, the New Jersey State Fair, known for many years as the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, has already been picked as one of the top one hundred events in North America by the American Bus Association, and a star attraction by the National Geographic Travel magazine. A real country fair, the home pride of generations worked closely with the land is everywhere to be seen: in the good food, good works, and good times that are the true bounty and community of the rural, agricultural heritage of Sussex County. The fair's roots extend back to 1821, and the annual Sussex County Horse Show took place in ever-expanding form in Branchville from 1936 to 1976, when the fair moved to new grounds on a 150 acre dairy farm on Plains Road in Augusta.

Visitors enjoy the tremendous agricultural exhibits for which the Fair is famous. Animals are everywhere you look - from a bee and honey display to the barns at the livestock exhibitions, in the horticultural exhibits and contests, and in the Horse Show Ring.

The Show is the largest livestock event and AHSA sanctioned festivity in New Jersey, with horses of all kinds; from workhorses to the sleekest thoroughbreds. In addition to the Horse Show all week you can see racing pigs, racing turtles, a llama show, woodchopping contests, arts & crafts shows, a performing arts tent, a queen pageant, and more, more, more!

You'll taste food whose recipes hail from the heart of rural New Jersey or from just about anywhere in the world. All of the various waves of immigrations that have built the state of New Jersey bring good things to these tables!

Demo derbies, rodeo, motocross, mudbog, monster truck rides, equestrian events, tractor pulls and concerts occur on varying days. And don't forget head over to our Carnival for some thrilling rides.

Every member of the family will love this remarkable event. Groups and motor coaches are welcome. Parking is free. Adults $14, Seniors, $10, Children $6, Under 5 free. Reduced advance tickets are available. Rt. 206 & Plains Rd.. There are specials all week long. Check their website.

More about this and other summer fairs....


The New Jersey State Fair is not featuring any elephants now or in the future.

The Sussex County Fairgrounds are located on Plains Road in Augusta, between Newton and Branchville. Information: 973-948-5500, or website.


Upcoming Events at Sussex County Fairgrounds

  • September 29-September 30 • ANNUAL PETERS VALLEY CRAFT FAIR. Beautiful American Craft made by 150+ exhibiting artists from across the country. This a juried show of exhibitors, who are each selected for excellence and originality in twelve different media. 10 - 6pm. $9.
  • October 13 • SUSSEX COUNTY HARVEST, HONEY AND GARLIC FESTIVAL. The ninth annual countywide autumn celebration includes farmers market, family activities, craft demonstrations, agricultural exhibits and vendors. We’ll have a farmers market with Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products like fruit, veggies, flowers and wine. The Sussex County Beekeepers Assoc. will have educational displays, materials and an array of honey products. For those who love all things garlic, we’ll have the Garden State Garlic Growers. The Festival will also have displays and info from organizations highlighting northern New Jersey's open spaces and history. There will be activities like pumpkin painting and crafts for the kids and vendors for adults. 10am - 4pm. Free.
  • October 20 • DOG WALK OF THE DEAD. Over 45 indoor vendors, costume contests, live music, classic car trunk or treat, blood drive, animal adoptions, giveaways and more to benefit One Step Closer Animal Rescue of Sparta 11am - 4pm. $3, under 12 free.
  • November 4 • SALUTE TO MILITARY VETERANS. 7:30am - 2pm.
  • November 17 • ANNUAL FALL CRAFT FAIR. Visit over 100 tables featuring the work of talented artists and crafters. Bake sale area features home baked goods including the school's famous homemade apple pies! Hot food concessions available all day. 10am - 4pm.

Nearby accommodations and attractions

  • Sterling Hill Mine Tour and Museum
  • Step Into Earth Science! Mining museum with underground mine tour and over 30 acres of indoor & outdoor displays and historical buildings. Recent additions include expanded fluorescent display at Thomas S. Warren Museum and the Million Dollar display at the Oreck Family Mineral Gallery. Gift shop with a collection of world wide minerals.

    30 Plant St., Ogdensburg 07439, 973/209-7212

  • Whistling Swan Inn Bed and Breakfast
  • Nine guestrooms, each with private bath, some with 2-person Jacuzzis and fireplaces. Queen and King-sized beds. Full buffet-style breakfast plus complementary 24-hour snacks and soft drinks. Free wireless connection, guest computer and printer available. Covered wrap-around porch with 2-person hammock and gardens for relaxing. Located 1 mile off I-80, 6 miles north of Chester and 8 miles south of Newton.

    110 Main St., Stanhope 07874, 973/347-6369 toll free: 888-507-2337

  • Pochuck Valley Farms
  • Peaches starting in July, home-grown fruits and vegetables, deli and home-made pies and baked goods. Pick your own apples, pears, and pumpkins in fall as well as our own cider. Pochuck Valley farm-raised pork and chicken.

    962 Route 517, Glenwood 07418, 973/764-4732

  • Sussex County Strawberry Farm
  • Pick your own strawberries. In-season produce, local milk, honey and maple syrup, pottrery, flowers, outdoor furniture and more.

    565 Rt 206 N, Andover 07821, 973/579-5055

  • Tomahawk Lake Waterpark
  • Water park, swimming in 20-acre crystal clear lake, picnicking, waterslides, boats, golf, catering under circus tents, beer garden in summer. Come celebrate our 65th Season!

    Tomahawk Trail, Sparta 07871, 973/398-7777

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