Friday, March 10, 2023

Fairgrounds Newsletter March 2023



37 Plains Roads, Augusta, NJ 07822

More to See in 2023!

Notes from Fair President, Joan Smith 

More to see in 2023!!  That's our tagline for the Fair this year, but what does it mean for you?  It means that you'll see many of your old favorites back at the Fair in 2023, but they'll be joined with some new entertainment that you won't want to miss!  Contracts are still in the works, but here are a few things to look forward to in the Family Entertainment Area and around the grounds.  

Circus Incredible- 

With high-flying stunts and acrobatics, Circus Incredible with Lyric Wallenda Arestov will provide fairgoers with supercharged entertainment!  Visit their Facebook page for more pictures and videos-
Heartfelt Creations-
Cindie and Bob Etienne with Heartfelt Creations will be along Horticulture Highway (the road in front of the Conservatory) and will be demonstrating and teaching the arts of felting and ropemaking. Cindie and Bob have been teaching pioneer skills for many years and will be a part of our Heritage Area, along with Roger the Bowl Turner and Reggie the Potter.  You can visit their website at for more info.  
Your favorites like Freehand Custom Carving, Hot Dog Racing Pigs, Commerford Petting Zoo, and much, much more will be returning to the Fair!  More info will follow in future newsletters. Don't miss the 2023 NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show!

Spring Arrives! 

Monday, March 20th is the Spring Equinox- the official first day of Spring.  Gardeners think about plants all year, but the arrival of spring means it’s time to do more than think.  Let this be your reminder to look ahead to entering your blooms in the Fair.  Announcing! The theme for the 2023 Flower Show Competition is “Flowers & Fashion”. The competition is open to all ages and for in and out-of-county residents. The Flower Show Competition Rules and Regulations as well as class descriptions and entry forms for both Professionals and Amateurs will be posted on the NJ State Fair website [] in March. Here are some of our winning entries from 2022.  

Annual 4-H Ritual 

If it’s March, it’s time for the Sussex County 4-H Public Presentations.  4-H Club members choose to present a demonstration/illustrated talk, performing arts, or formal speech.  The presentation is judged by adult volunteers from the community.  The purpose of the presentations is to help youth develop skills for presenting themselves and their ideas that will prepare them for a successful future. 

The Conservatory: A Location to Make Memories 

Nestled in the foothills of Sussex County, The Conservatory is the premier location for your wedding or event.  Beautiful gardens and gazebos are the perfect natural backdrop for your day- whether you are holding your ceremony in front of your loved ones or engaging in a first look with your partner.  The rustic interior lends a warm and inviting atmosphere for dinner, dancing and soaking in your union.  With endless options to create your unique vision, The Conservatory is ready to bring those dreams to life.

The Polinator Pathway

The Pollinator Pathway project is organized by volunteers from town conservation organizations working together to establish pollinator-friendly habitats and food sources for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects and wildlife along a series of continuous corridors.
The Fairgrounds is working on establishing a Pollinator Pathway on its grounds with local organizations including Sussex County Community College and Ridge and Valley Charter School.  The riparian zone along the creek will be planted with native plants on May 20th.
If you or your group is interested in volunteering, please contact

Horse Show Box Seats     

This includes: 'Six of the Best Seats in the House', Six General Admission Tickets for all 9 days of the Fair, and One Preferred Parking Pass 

The Box Seat allows you to have a 'Box' where you can rest and enjoy the Horse Show under a covered tent.  It is a great way for your family to enjoy the Fair for the entire week and have a set location to meet, hang out, and enjoy all the wonderful activities the Fair and Horse Show have to offer. 

If you are interested, please contact Lori Eckert at or (973) 580-8520

Here Come the Students! 

Beginning March 21st, the Agricultural Learning Center at the Fairgrounds will be welcoming 30 days of students to its Down on the Farm and Plant Programs.  Every week, 3 to 4 days will see the Learning Center staff manning stations to present information to preK- gr. 2 students through the beginning of June.  Thanks go to Kuperus Farmside for donating soil for the planting activities. 

In addition, Program Director Kathy Cafasso will coordinate the second presentation of Teachers in the Garden-Healthy Students in the Classroom on March 31st.  The first was presented in October in collaboration with the Sussex County Child Crisis Workgroup/NJ Health Collaborative. 

There’s Always Something Happening! 

The Fairgrounds is starting to buzz with events going forward.  The calendar of events can be seen on our website here.  Additional information for the events below can be found by clicking on the event.  It is updated frequently, please check back. Contact information is also given for further information. 

  • Maverick's Legacy Spring Craft and Vendor Fair 3/26 

  • iHeart Home and Garden Show- 4/22 

  • Military Vehicle Show and Swap Meet- 4/29-4/30

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. 

Planning ahead? Click here to visit our website to see upcoming events.  Our website is updated regularly - please check back often!
Copyright © 2023 Sussex County Fairgrounds/New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, All rights reserved.[UNIQID]