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Have A Blast On A Budget At The NJ State Fair
So you want to get out of your house and hit the 2018 New Jersey State Fair Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, but you can’t afford a hit to your wallet? Team Nest Builder offers these helpful tips for taming your spend:
There’s loads of admission savings--just plan for your day!
Are you a veteran or active in the military? Show your ID for free admission!
Children ages 6-12 years enter for $5. Tuesday, August 7th (regular price: $6.)
Sussex County residents with ID receive discounted admission on Wednesday, August 8th: Adults $9.; Children/seniors $5.
Live outside of Sussex County? Buy your tickets online at njstatefair.org/html/tickets.cfm and save $5 on adult tickets. Out-of-county seniors save $5 online. Tickets are good for any one day. Just check the cutoff date under ticket information.
Seniors 60+ receive $4. Admission on Thursday, August 9th (regular price: $5.)
Wait until 8:30 pm when adult admission decreases from the regular price of $14. to only $10.
Hold out until Sunday, August 12th for “Last Blast”: Adult admission $8., children/seniors FREE!
If you believe paying for carnival rides by the ticket saves money, think again! Kiddie rides start at 3 tickets and the Spectaculars are 5 tickets.
Consider ticket prices:
1 ticket = $1.50
10 tickets = $11
22 tickets = $21
55 tickets = $51
If one person rides just 4 Spectacular rides, that’s 20 tickets, or $22. And let’s face it, who wants to go all the way to the fair for just 4 rides? Better idea? Buy a Pay One Price Ride Bracelet in the Carnival area for just $25. And ride all you want! The Pay One Price Ride Bracelet is available as follows:
Monday, August 6, Noon-close, $25
Tuesday, August 7, Noon-6pm, $25
Wednesday, August 8, Noon-6pm, $25
Thursday, August 9, Noon-6pm, $25
Sunday, August 12, 11am-5pm, $25
Alligators and Dancing and Dolls, Oh My!
There’s loads of FREE fun (after fair admission) to be had at the fair every day! Check it out:
Pig racing (11am, 2pm and 5:15pm except Sunday), a live alligator show (3pm/6pm except Sunday when only 3pm) and a petting zoo at the Ronetco Family Entertainment Center
Art exhibits in the Richards Building (this year, Art in Sussex County focused on the theme of water.)
Snook Museum displays of early farm machinery, country store, weavers, woodworkers and blacksmith at work
4-H Shotwell Educational Exhibit Hall displaying items made by 4-H club members including crafts, artwork, photography, fashion, vegetables and shooting targets
2pm Tractor parade in the Agriculture Area
Cow milking in the milking parlor (check clock posted on barn for times)
Over 2000 animals including horses, oxen, rabbits, cavy, cows, goats, swine, cats, alpacas, poultry and sheep.
And here’s a few FREE (after fair admission) highlights for the coming week:
Monday, August 6th:
Meet the Sussex County Miners Mascot and participate in children’s activities in the Ernie Kosa County Building from noon-3pm.
Kitty Kat Kidz Club 10th Annual Cat Show from 1-2:30pm in the 4-H Shotwell Building including audience participation in voting for the costume class and the cat that performs the most tricks
Tuesday, August 7th:
Rooster Crowing Contest at noon in the Agriculture area
Meet the Queen of the Fair in Founders Park noon-1:30pm
10th Annual Favorite Doll Look-Alike Fashion Show & Contest 5-6pm in the Mattress Firm Performing Arts Tent
Wednesday, August 8th:
Bicycle Stunt Show in the Ronetco Supermarkets Family Entertainment Area at 2:30pm and 5:30pm followed by fire spinners after 6pm
Farm Follies in the livestock pavilion--games for children and a Ladies’ Skillet Toss 7-9pm (register online)
Thursday, August 9th:
Kittatiny Valley State Park offers butterfly activities in the Ernie Kosa County Building from noon-3pm
39th Annual Polish Night and Dance Contest with The John Stevens Doubleshot Polka Band, 7:30pm-9:30pm in the Mattress Firm Performing Arts Tent
Friday, August 8th
Space Farms presentation on handling big snakes, in the Ernie Kosa County Building from noon-3pm
4H Poultry Costume Contest in the Shotwell 4-H Building from 5-7pm
Saturday, August 11th:
Tractor Pulls in the Franklin Sussex Automall Outdoor Entertainment Area at 10am and 7pm
Folk rock band Mason Jar Rebellion and country bluegrass band Whiskey Rebellion concert 7pm at the Livestock Pavilion
Sunday, August 12th:
Animal Encounter Show in the Ronetco Supermarkets Family Entertainment Area at 12:45pm and 3:45pm
The Fair is located at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta. It's open 10am-10pm through Saturday, August 11; and 10am-5pm on Sunday, August 12, 2018. For more information, visit www.njstatefair.org. And have a blast on a budget at the fair! Liked this article? Check out our blog for loads of helpful information on real estate, home improvement and community events!
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