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State Fair

August 2, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

There’s a reason New Jersey’s called “the Garden State”: despite rampant development, we’ve still got plenty of successful, working farms and a long, proud history of producing famous crops. And every year, we pay homage to that history and to the future of agriculture in New Jersey with the New Jersey State Fair and Horse Show, which runs from August 5-14 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Each year the State Fair draws more than 200,000 attendees who come for the many family-friendly exhibits. This year’s fairgoers can learn about beekeeping at the Honey Show; visit a replica general store and farmhouse rooms at the newly renovated Snook Museum; navigate a hay maze; see the plants, flowers, and fully landscaped gardens at the Flower & Garden Expo; or check out the vegetable show and scarecrow contest. There’ll also be live entertainment, traditional craft demonstrations, art exhibits, a petting zoo, and more.

The 75th Annual Sussex County Horse Show opens August 8 and runs through the 14. Events will cover driving, pleasure, draft horse team pulling, children’s leadline, the $10,000 Rost Memorial Jumper Stake, and the $50,000 Sussex County Grand Prix. For more information on the horse show, visit sussexcountyhorseshow.com.

Tickets to the State Fair are $11 adults (one-day pass) and $5 for children 6-12. Fairgoers can also purchase a Mega Pass which is good for admission and rides any day. These passes must be purchased before August 4. The Pass is $28 for adults, $24 for kids. For more information, visit newjerseystatefair.org.

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