Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Fall at the Fairgrounds - Newsletter



37 Plains Roads, Augusta, NJ 07822

Fall at the Fairgrounds

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Rounding up 2022

Sponsorship Helps to Make it Happen

The Fair is fortunate to have the support of many sponsors at many levels.  To our 2022 sponsors: 

Sponsorship is a crucial aspect of the New Jersey State Fair’s success. Despite our name, we do not receive funding from the State of New Jersey. Your generous sponsorship dollars provide invaluable support that allows us to continue with our mission to provide safe, family-friendly entertainment and engaging educational activities that promote youth development. Your dollars also enable us to support other non-profit agencies. We hope that you were as excited about your sponsorship as we were. 2023 will bring new sponsorship opportunities, allowing us to customize a partnership plan that meets your needs. To view our sponsors please click here.

Having an Event? Consider the Conservatory

The historical richness of the Sussex County Fairgrounds combined with architectural elegance and d├ęcor turn The Conservatory into an elegant and luxurious venue. Take advantage of the seven stunning gardens outside in the Courtyard, while still enjoying the benefits of our climate-controlled, eco-friendly indoor spaces that will surely please all of your guests. 

The Conservatory is a perfect location for events such as weddings, social events, corporate meetings and workshops, galas, fundraising events, and more! Rain or shine, The Conservatory will ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience! 


Concessions Recap 

The 2022 Fair showcased approximately 60 new concessions, bringing our grand total to over 200 vendors. Many of our vendors have been part of our Fair Family for many years. Everyone helped to make this year’s New Jersey State Fair a huge success. We appreciate all of them and the uniqueness that they bring to our fairgrounds. 

The aromas on the fairgrounds tantalized your senses. We had over 70 food vendors, including our local non-profit groups eager to fill your stomachs. Up and down the aisles, fairgoers could be seen eating anything from an ice cream cone to ribs with a side of mac and cheese.  

Shopping of course was a highlight too. Our Commercial Tent had over 40 vendors selling a variety of goods or showcasing their businesses. The tent was completely sold out this year. The 60 Commercial Vendors were scattered throughout the grounds. If you weren’t purchasing an item, you could have been looking at new tractors, cars, or farm equipment. Most of the nooks and crannies of our grounds were filled this year. Our new venture this year was the Garden State Marketplace. In this building, we featured 18 crafters and other products from our area. We hope to make this an annual event. 

We are always looking for new vendors.  Contact Doug Post at  

4-H Families Enjoy Summer Days at the Fair 

This year, 4-H offered a photo contest, A Day in the Life of 4-H at the Fair. The contest invited 4-H families to show the “behind the scenes” 4-H experience at the fair. Junior, Senior, and Cloverbud divisions were included. The photos captured 4-H kids working with their animals, relaxing, spending time with their friends, and enjoying themselves at this year’s fair. The top three winners in each division received gift cards donated by Tractor Supply. 

Agricultural Learning Center Programming 

This fall, the Agriculture Time Machine program for fourth graders has concluded.  Booking for the spring programs- Down on the Farm for Kindergarten and Plant Program for grades 1-3- has been ongoing. 

In addition, classroom presentations on Cranberries, Corn, and Christmas Tree Farming will be held in individual classrooms. 

Workshops were held in Sussex County and Burlington County in October.  On October 7th, teachers from Sussex and Warren County attended “Teachers in the Garden-Healthy Students in the Classroom” at Sussex County Community College’s McGuire Facility in Newton.  They were introduced to the Farm to School Program by Nicole Broadwater and to a “Fruit/Veggie Tasting Cart” by Michelle Murdock of Food Corps.  Both programs are part of the NJ Department of Agriculture.  Lessons using vegetables were presented by Kathy Cafasso, Learning Center’s Program Director.  An afternoon “class trip” to Sussex County Community College’s raised beds garden and hydroponics in a greenhouse were explained by Erin Shroll, Agricultural Business & Horticultural Science Supervisor.  Food for the day was provided by SCCC chefs under the supervision of Martin Kester, Supervisor of Culinary & Hospitality. 

The October 21st workshop, “STEAM on the Farm”, took place at the Marucci Research Center for Blueberries and Cranberries in Burlington County.  Teachers from four southern counties participated in lessons on plants and virtual lessons and were introduced to Storywalks®.  The day concluded with a visit to Pine Island Cranberry Company to see the work involved in harvesting cranberries.  The workshop was presented by the NJ AG in the Classroom Committee-Caroline Etsch, Carolyn Taylor, and Kathy Cafasso. 

Elementary teachers interested in more information about the AG Learning Center may contact and check out the website  

Our Mission

  • Showcase New Jersey’s agriculture
  • Provide safe, family-friendly entertainment and engaging educational activities
  • Promote youth development
  • Provide support to charitable non-profit agencies

The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) organization. 

Contributions are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations for Charitable Donations. Our sponsors help to underwrite the cost of development of the grounds and events during the Fair. The Fairgrounds receive no monetary support from government sources. Funding comes from building rentals, sponsorship, and Fair admission. 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

That's a Good Question - We're Glad You Asked...


Inevitably, every year someone poses the question about why there is an admission fee for the annual New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show.  Where does the money go?  What do you get in return for your admission to the Fair? 

We’re glad you asked.  If you’re interested in knowing, please read on.

It might be helpful to first look at our Mission Statement:

  • Showcase New Jersey’s agriculture
  • Provide safe, family-friendly entertainment and engaging educational activities
  • Promote youth development
  • Provide support to charitable non-profit agencies

How do we accomplish this mission?  Our annual Fair is an incredible mosaic of dedicated volunteers who work all year long in their area of interest.  From creative arts home and hobby exhibit volunteers to 4-H Cow Kids, and from barrel racing horses to demolition derby competitors, the annual Fair has something for everyone, and it means something to many of us and our neighbors. 

We are a private non-profit organization governed by a board of volunteer Directors.  We receive no government funding.  There is a very small staff of permanent employees who keep the fairgrounds running through the off-season, maintain the grounds and facilities.

Numerous other community non-profits, like our Fire Department, the Boy Scouts and some local Rotary Clubs, all look forward to the annual Fair as their major source of fundraising – which in turn benefits our communities.

As an agricultural Fair, we’re proud to serve as the annual showcase of New Jersey’s agriculture, from honeybees, flowers and vegetables to sheep, goats, pigs, cows and more.  For some fairgoers this may be the only opportunity to see farm animals up close and for our farmers, it’s an opportunity for their livestock to be professionally judged.  We have the Snook Agricultural Museum on the grounds and each year we offer agricultural education programs to area schools.

Putting all this together with a fun and safe atmosphere including a carnival and games and a grand assortment of Fair food isn’t easy and it certainly isn’t inexpensive.

Each fair we budget about $150,000 so that we can offer FREE entertainment every day of the Fair, from Diving Dogs to Pig Races, Fire Dancers to Chainsaw Wood Carvers all FREE with your admission.  In the Franklin Sussex Automall Outdoor Entertainment Area – FREE with your admission - fairgoers can enjoy Tractor Pulls, Motocross Stunt Shows and Wood Chopping Contests.  There is always something happening at the fair.  Our Planet Networks Performing Arts Tent is also chock full of outstanding entertainers from the Annual Queen of the Fair contest, Battle of the Bands, community Talent Show and other outstanding entertainers, from rock bands to polka – all FREE with admission.

The cost of tent rental, security, law enforcement, traffic control, parking, equipment rental and electrical costs easily exceeds a million dollars.  We also pay for sanitation, and staff for admissions and helping fairgoers with information and offering scooters and wheelchairs for rent.  We look forward to seeing our loyal fair staff return to work during the fair each year, and we enjoy hearing about how our local businesses see a boost from visitors to the fair.

With the help of our generous sponsors, we’ve been able to keep the price of admission very low for all that’s offered, and it is even more affordable if you buy advance tickets.  We’re proud to have held this Sussex County tradition for over 80 years we look forward to it for many more generations to come.  Thank you for reading and we hope to see you and your family at the Fair!

We open Friday August 5th at 5pm and will be open 10 AM to 10 PM Saturday August 6th through Saturday August 13th.