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.