As we kick off the summer, New Jersey’s annual county fairs are set to begin in June, with 20 running throughout the state all summer, until the end of September. The Garden State will provide unique and intimate fair experiences, with livestock exhibits, food vendors, farm-raised food products, and more.
Lynn Mathews equine specialist and agricultural fair coordinator for the NJ Department of Agriculture, says increasing agricultural awareness is a major component of New Jersey’s county fairs.
“It is amazing how many people think milk comes from the grocery store,” Mathews says. “Many people spend $100 on a grocery store order, and think most of it goes to a farmer. [Out of] a bag of potato chips, the farmer may get 25 cents. It would be wonderful if everyone took a moment to thank a farmer.”
The state really benefits from these events, as the fairs offer the 4-H and programs in agricultural education a platform from which the public can learn. With Jersey Fresh offerings being among the great food options at the fairs, visitors learn about agricultural processes and get to see where so much of our grocery store produce really comes from.
Food vendors will be on hand serving classic fair food we all know and love, including funnel cake, blooming onion dishes, and peach-themed desserts. Homemade ice cream, milkshakes, barbecue, and a special Jersey-style pork roll hot dog will also be available.
New Jersey’s county fairs are great places for families to enjoy fresh produce, delicious fair treats, and quality time with each other. Check out this list of upcoming county fairs around the state!
New Jersey County Fair Schedule
July 31 to Aug. 9: Sussex County
New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd, Augusta
Aug. 19 to 23: Hunterdon County
Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair
Hunterdon County Fairgrounds
1207 Rt. 79, Ringoes
By Bridget Whitfield and Alex Esposito