nine days of affordable family fun at the fair

The New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show returns Friday, August 5. The event spans nine days this year, and with a packed schedule of entertainment, this year’s New Jersey State Fair slogan rings true: there’s more to do in ’22.

Affordable family fun

Despite rising energy costs associated with hosting the event, the New Jersey State Fair has not raised online prices this year to keep the fair affordable for families. Tickets are only a dollar more at the door in 2022 than they were last year, but discounted prices online remain the same. They can be purchased in advance by clicking here.

More to do in 22

The nine-day event features endless entertainment, almost all of which is included in the price of admission. When buy entrance tickets in advance online, it’s only $4 for children, $5 for seniors and $10 for adults to enter the fair. Here are some activities and entertainment included with admission:

• Meet countless animals in six barns and a petting zoo: from cows and pigs to rabbits, goats, sheep, ducks, chickens, llamas and more.

• Live woodcutting demonstrations

• The Hot Dog Pig Races: find your favorite piglet at this must-see fair

• Lumberjack Contest: Watch local lumberjacks chop wood, chop down trees and roll logs as fast as they can

• Exhibitions on gardening and agriculture

• Learn how to milk a cow at the milking parlor

• Admire local art and history: from paintings and photographs to quilts and historical artifacts

• Sport bike stunt show

Extra fun

A handful of activities at the fair are not covered by the admission fee and are available at an additional cost, such as the demolition derby and carnival rides.

• Carnival: The opening day of the Fair, Friday, August 5, is “Dollar Day” at Carnival, when all rides are one dollar. Otherwise, ride tickets cost $3 for two tickets, $15 for a sheet of 11 tickets, $25 for a sheet of 22 tickets, or $55 for a sheet of 55 tickets. There’s also the option of getting a mega pass ($30 for adults, $25 for kids), which are unlimited ride wristbands that include fair entry – but they must be purchased in advance online or at the Fairgrounds Administration Building before August 4.

• Demolition Derby: There are two demolition derbies on Sunday August 7th and Monday August 8th. Each derby has reserved and general admission tickets available ($13-$15). Obtain advance tickets online is highly recommended.

• The Monster Truck Show: There is a Monster Truck Show – Tuesday August 9th. This show offers reserved and general admission tickets ($10-$16). Get tickets advance online is highly recommended.

• The Garden State Marketplace: A local craft vendor’s market selling everything from spices and teas to candles, home decor, furniture and more. Navigation is free.

• Delicious food: fried Oreos, funnel cakes and ice cream, Philly cheese steaks, loaded baked potatoes, empanadas and more.