New Jersey State Fair
Sussex County Farm & Horse Show

Tips for Fair Visitors


Visit the Fair like an expert!

 

The Fair is guaranteed to be fun, but you can make your experience even better if you know some helpful tips. These aren’t just for the seasoned Fairgoer; we hope everyone can benefit from these ideas!

 

Traffic

Traffic on the Fairgrounds and off is less during the week. If you have the option, come then.


Strollers

The paths and roads are paved, so strollers can move freely. Most of the tent floors are earth, and strollers require a little more attention when navigating.

 

Inclement Weather

The Fair has permanent buildings and tents, so inclement weather will not interfere with your fair-going. The carnival rides continue in light drizzle, close for heavy rain and/or lightning.

 

Rest

There are benches scattered throughout the grounds. A wonderful rest spot is Founders Park, adjacent to the Horse Show Area. It has lots of shade and benches and you can watch exhibitors in the schooling ring.

 

Learn!

The Agriculture Area is full of educational information. Take a rest stop on the bleachers in the Livestock Pavilion and listen to the judges explain what Best in Show looks like. Visit the Rare Heritage Breeds Educational Tent to see farm animals coming back from near extinction.

 

Animals

The animals are housed in pole barns—open on the sides. Fairgoers can get close to them in their pens. Refrain from putting your hands into the pens, as some animals are not as friendly as others. The people hanging out in the middle of the barns are the animals’ owners and handlers. Ask them which animals are approachable and any questions you may have about them.

 

Babies

There are baby changing tables in the restrooms.


Information Booths

Information booths are located inside the main gates. Stop by and ask for a schedule. There is a map inside, and a day specific schedule on the cover.

 

Sneak Peek

The carnival doesn’t open until noon. If you are bringing children and you want them to see more of the Fair, come at 10 a.m. and you have two hours before the rides open.

 

Getting Around

There is a lot of walking involved in seeing the Fair. Wear comfortable shoes. There are wheelchairs and strollers available for rent.


Food

There are many food vendors with different cuisines offered. It is possible to eat healthy at the Fair. Many of the local non-profits use local produce in their menus. If price is a concern, visit after lunch and buy a treat instead of a full lunch. Local non-profits have excellent prices for meals. Ask for their locations.

 

Shopping

Crafters and commercial vendors offer goods and services. You can shop in a whole section of the Fair. 

 

Farmers’ Market

Check out the location of the Farmers’ Market and stop by at the end of your visit and buy fresh produce to bring home.

 

Shuttles

There are People Mover shuttles to get fairgoers back to their cars.

 

Where’s my car?

Always note which gate you entered so you can find your car. A good place to rendezvous in The Fairgrounds is the main information booth.

 

Handicapped Accessibility

Main roads in the fairgrounds are paved.

 

Are strollers & wheelchairs available?

Strollers and wheelchairs are available during fair hours. Call for prices. It is up to the individual events (other than the FAIR) to provide strollers & wheelchairs for their visitors. Check with the contact person for the specific event.

 

Is there a Lost & Found?

Lost and found articles may be dropped off or recovered at the Administration Building. Phone number 973-948-5500 ext 221

 

Is there a parking fee?

Parking is on grass within and surrounding the grounds and is free.

 

What restroom facilities are there?

There are two restroom facilities. The larger, more centrally located facility includes a family restroom. The main restroom has a changing table.