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    It's Just Around the Corner-

    It's just around the corner- the 76th New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show! Running from August 5-14th, this ten day show highlights the hallmarks of an old fashioned country fair, as well as lots of entertainment, food and shopping.

    The six barns will be full of animals, the three rings will be showcasing horses, and there will be plenty for every member of the family to do. The RoNetco Supermarkets Family Entertainment area has K-9s in Flight, racing pigs, petting zoo, magicians and a chainsaw artist. The Miller Lite Outdoor Entertainment Area features two demo derbies, a mudbog, tractor pulls, motocross and bike show. Sussex Miners Performing Arts Tent has free entertainment every day.

    Throw in carnival rides, fair food, a milking parlor, antique engine building, agricultural museum, zip line, mechanical bull, and craft tent, and you'll see why families can spend a whole day. Admission and carnival specials are available, with special rates for kids and seniors. Parking is always free.

    Visit for more information and download our free app "Sussexcountyfairgrounds." The fairgrounds has a no pet policy.


    Fair's 75th 'One of the best years ever'

    Although the skies were getting dark on Monday, Barbara Wortmann's disposition was as sunny as the past 10 days had been.

    "The fair was really, really good," she said. "One of the best years ever."

    Wortmann is executive director of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show which finished its 10-day run on Sunday.


    Sussex County veterans honored at fairgrounds

    On Sunday, several hundred residents came out to honor the county's veterans during the 13th Annual Salute to Military Veterans parade and ceremonies at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

    The event was sponsored by the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sussex County Department of Human Services, Division of Senior Services and the Veterans Committee.


    Every day is children's day at the fair

    At The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show every day is children's day, but on Tuesday, Aug. 4, special programs and events for the kids made the day even more special.

    Special presentations were made including Rizzo's Reptiles, songs and dancing with Vernon's BumbleSong music school, bicycle stunt show and pump track, face painting and much more.


    Fair Raises 30,000 With Chainsaw Art

    It was the "Year of the Bench," and the "Year of the Backpacks," too.

    There was a backpack beaver, a rucksack raccoon, a squirrel with a bag to, ahem, "squirrel" things away.

    There was a bear with a backpack, as well, one of many bears in many forms and many poses, and all up for sale Sunday as 10 days worth of chainsaw wood carvings went on the auction block on the last day of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.


    Lumbering oxen close fair under sunny skies

    Massive. Impressive. Paired by a simple neck yoke and lumbering toward you -- look for an escape route.

    But with a simple word from the handler, the team stops. He lays the whip across the team's necks and there they stand, chewing their cud, contented.

    In a few minutes, the two oxen will lumber off toward a large steel -- called a stoneboat -- with about 6,000 pounds of concrete blocks stacked neatly on it. The stoneboat by itself weighs 1,330 pounds.


    Fresh faced at 75: 2015 fair brings fun, familiarity

    This year's fair will have a little more flair, with more music and circus performers walking on air, fair representatives said recently.

    According to Sussex County Fairgrounds media coordinator Kathy Cafasso, the 2015 fair will mark its 75th anniversary with a new ride, new acts, a revived agricultural tour program, a tribute to the troops and a grand opening parade.


    Screen star horse shows his stuff at the fair

    A movie star is performing at this year's New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. He's been in more than 13 feature films and television shows, including one of America's most-watched shows, "The Walking Dead," according to Tommie Turvey, an equestrian entertainer and stunt man.

    Blade, a 14-year-old American Mustang, is not your typical actor, but he is in high demand. The horse is one of 16 owned by Turvey, who lives in Summerville, Ga. Turvey's show is a new attraction at the fair.


    Circus thrills preview fair's opening

    Tightrope walkers, a spinning elephant and a clown on a unicycle. If that doesn't say the circus is in town, nothing does.

    After a mid-afternoon downpour Friday, nearly 200 people got a free sneak peak at this year's Circus Hollywood, which will perform daily at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

    The show, which tours the country, will kick off its second year in Sussex County today.


    City boy gets hands-on at fair's milking station

    Growing up in Queens, milking a cow was not on my radar screen.

    Neither was riding a horse, my very first story for the New Jersey Herald.

    The neat thing about journalism is getting introduced to people, and having experiences, that one otherwise might never encounter.

    Which is what brought me, at 1 p.m. Thursday, to the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, where my assignment was to milk a cow in front of a bemused audience.


    New queen makes rounds at fair

    Aimee Buchanan said she was "really excited" Sunday morning as she prepared to walk onto the grounds of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show as the new Queen of the Fair.

    Crowned late Saturday night, Buchanan said she hoped to be "a good role model" for young women in Sussex County and "a strong voice for the various charities" in the county that she supports.


    Sparta girl crowned Queen of Fair

    Aimee Buchanan, of Sparta, won the Queen of the Fair contest on Saturday at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse show, which is celebrating its 75th year this month.

    It's the first time in years that a Sparta resident has been crowned Queen of the Fair.

    This fall, Buchanan will be heading to Drew University to study Theatre Arts and History.


    Fair veterinarian in touch with faith, family, all God's creatures

    Still a country veterinarian at heart, Dr. Paul Tallamy has seen plenty of change in his long career.

    Since graduating from Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974, Tallamy, 70, has witnessed the growth of his profession from one of generalists to one that today, as with human medicine, encompasses numerous board specialties including cardiology, opthalmology, dermatology and endocrinology.


    Fair weather boosts fair attendance

    If the second half of the fair keeps up with the first few days, the 75th anniversary edition of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show could become one of the top five for attendance.

    Kathy Cafasso, the fair's public relations manager, said Monday afternoon that the first four days "are definitely doing as well as our top five years."


    Hobby Weekend can be very educational

    The Richards Building at the Sussex County Fairgrounds is home to many different activities during fair week.

    All week long it displays artwork; on Tuesday it was the home of the fair's annual cupcake baking competition; and on Saturday and Sunday, it was the home of Hobby Weekend at the fair, where fair goers can learn about different hobbies from experts.


    A day at the fair

    Garden State natives congregated at the Sussex County Fairground in Augusta to partake in fun, rides, and animal sightings during the last week of the New Jersey State Fair.
    - Photos by Gale Miko


    Fair fun

    The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show is once again in full swing and will run through Sunday, Aug. 9.

    Thursday, Aug. 6 is Seniors' Day with special pricing for those who are 60 and older. As in the past, military personnel and veterans with proper ID are admitted free of charge to the fair.


    Fair's 75th anniversary is a time to remember

    When asked during the Queen of the Fair pageant two years ago to describe how Sussex County's signature summer event represents the county, 2013 Queen of the Fair and Fredon native Monica Maria Abdul-Chani remarked on how the fair can be viewed as a metaphor for the county as a whole.


    Freeholders mark fair's 75th anniversary

    The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders issued a proclamation Wednesday commemorating the upcoming 75th anniversary of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.


    Wildlife Aritst Decker to be Featured Arist

    This year's "Meet the Artists Night" on the Fairgrounds will feature both Art in Sussex County and Photography in Sussex County exhibitors.

    Held Thursday, July 30, from 7-9 PM, the evening will feature an exhibit by Carol Decker. The reception is open to the public and will be held in the Richards Building, where both the art and photography are exhibited during the Fair.


    Sussex County Building Dedication

    The Sussex County Building at the New Jersey State Fairgrounds will be dedicated to Reverend Ernest M. Kosa on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join us for a brief ceremony in front of the County Building at 6:00 p.m. See you there!


    5 coolest things coming to N.J. State Fair/Horse Show in Augusta

    During the summertime, Jersey is filled with different festivals and fairs featuring food, rides and attractions. The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, however, brings something truly special to the state. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Sussex County-based fair features a horse show that was recognized by the American Horse Show Association in 1950 as upholding high standards.


    County fair gearing up for 75th anniversary

    Under a cloudless sky, scattered workers could be seen Thursday at the Sussex County Fairgrounds unloading equipment, driving nails into plywood, and setting up the various concessions that, along with the delighted squeals of children petting the animals and enjoying the rides, will form the backdrop in two weeks to one of the largest and oldest agricultural fairs in the mid-Atlantic region.


    State Fair has big plans for 75th anniversary

    In preparation for the 75th anniversary of the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, this year's show and New Jersey State Fair will feature new aspects, while maintaining the traditions that have lasted for decades.


    Demolition to return to fair in August

    The Demolition Derby is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 3 and Monday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the New Jersey State Fair at the fairgrounds in Augusta.
    The event will go off rain or shine. The cars will crash in the dry summer sunset or in the mud and rain.


    Lions and Tigers and Acrobats at the New Jersey State Fair

    This year's New Jersey State Fair brings entertaining animals, daring performers, silly clowns, and three new carnival rides, including the Air Race, which will be making its national debut at the Fair!


    "The Three Little Pigs" Street Art is coming to the 2014 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show!

    Looking to see three of the most creative pigs in New Jersey? There's no need to huff, puff, or blow a house down... just come to the New Jersey State Fair where you can view "The Three Little Pigs" - the brand new art project that combines local artistic talent with Fair fundraising.


    Painting Pigs for the Fairgrounds

    Artist Patricia Redline paints one of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show's "Three Little Pigs" in her home in Fredon. The fiberglass pigs will be auctioned off on the last day of the fair with proceeds benefiting the Sussex County Fairgrounds.


    Beefsteak Dinner to Benefit State Fair

    The Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Foundation will be hosting its annual beefsteak dinner Saturday at 5 p.m. The event has become a fun tradition that benefits not only the fairgrounds but also other charitable work connected with the The Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Association.


    Sussex County Springs Into Reading

    Children in Sussex County have the opportunity to earn incentives by reading more this spring during the third annual "Spring Into Reading" program that emphasizes the importance of reading and education.


    Sussex County Horse Show Part of National Exhibit

    The Sussex County Horse Show at the fairgrounds is being recognized nationally in an exhibit at the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association Wheeler Museum in Kentucky. Show officials are seeking historical items, articles and memorabilia, such as old trophies, ribbons, photos and horse coolers, from past Sussex County Horse Shows for the display.


    I Love the Fair!

    The Sussex County Fairgrounds, located in Augusta, NJ, serves as the hub for year-round entertainment and education for the residents of New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and more! The great people behind the success are now calling on the community for help beautifying, preserving, and improving The Fairgrounds, as well as promoting the agricultural community.


    Garden Show Offers a Welcome Breath of Spring

    The 2014 Springfest Garden Show, presented by the Agricultural Division of the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/New Jersey State Fair, kicked off Thursday with a visit from the most important person in New Jersey agriculture: Douglas Fisher, the New Jersey secretary of agriculture.


    Spring is in Bloom in New Jersey

    The first day of Springfest was packed with visitors from all areas that are ready for spring to arrive. The festival was held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta over this past weekend. New products, blooming plants in an array of colors, waterfalls and landscapes offering ideas for locals to incorporate in their backyard projects this year.


    Nature at Its Finest

    Even as this winter's weather lingers, the 2014 Springfest Garden Show is still in full swing. The horticultural show presented by the Agricultural Division of the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/New Jersey State Fair is open for its last day today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


    Designer Sheds a Hit at Springfest

    In 1996, the Springfest Garden Show started out as a 10,000 square foot exposition for landscape and garden enthusiasts. This year's edition saw record-breaking crowds of nearly 10,000 visitors over the course of the four-day event held March 13 through 16 - due in part, to the return of the Designer Sheds: Living in your Garden display.


    Springfest Garden Show Begins March 13

    For gardeners and homeowners looking to improve their properties, there is no better place to be inspired than the 18th annual Springfest Garden Show, March 13 to 16, at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta.


    New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show from A to Z

    A is for Agriculture: The largest agriculture fair in the state.

    B is for Bounce & OoohLaLa: Acrobats who entertain daily.

    C is for Chili contest: Taste and presentation are both important.


    Small animals big on love

    There are few things the animals located in the small animals barns at the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show have in common.


    Pigs keep cool at fair

    FRANKFORD - Pigs have always carried a reputation for being dirty, but it's not their fault.

For more information about The Fairgrounds, or any of our events, please contact Kathy Cafasso/Media Coordinator at (973) 948-5500 x259 -