New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm and Horse Show

The New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm and Horse Show is held annually for ten days during the beginning of August in interestingly the town of Augusta. It’s not known whether the organizers decided to hold the fair during this month each year because of the name of the town or not. The town and fair is in the rural northwestern part of New Jersey and you will find lots of agriculturally based activities to enjoy.

Besides Horse Shows there are 4-H exhibits of which the kids statewide are very proud. You’ll also find Honey Bee demonstrations held daily, which may or may not attract fairgoers. It depends on how you feel about bees in general. The Commerford Petting Zoo not only has local animals such as goats and ponies, but you’ll find more exotic Elephants and Camels and have a chance to ride on them. On the fairgrounds you’ll find a baby animal nursery that houses all of the newest additions that make an appearance while at the fair. The baby chicks are by far the biggest draw.

Live entertainment at the state fair comes in many forms. Wander around the fair and you just might find the Chainsaw Artist exhibit and have a chance to watch art come to life before your eyes. The pet show gives dog, cat and other domesticated pet owners a chance to show off their best friends. Lovers of the Polka should look for the annual Polish Night and Polka Contest and dance the evening away. If you had a chance to admire the Chainsaw Artist exhibit during the fair you can come place some bids on the work during the Chainsaw Sculpture Artist Auction on the last day of the fair.

Those who don’t mind paying a little extra can find nightly fun at the Outdoor Entertainment Area. This venue hosts fireworks, demolition derbies, pulls, balloon rides, and lots of other competitions.

When you visit the fair you can stay in one of the many different types of lodging available. There are hotels, local campgrounds, RV sites, and bed and breakfasts. Bring your own car and you’ll find that parking at the state fair is free.