Warren County Farmers' Fair & Balloon Festival Ideal New Jersey Family Staycation

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Featuring a Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Warren County Farmers Fair is 2 events in one, offering affordable family fun. Admission for adults is $5 and parking is free. This agricultural fair has something for everyone from horse shows to a Hot Air Balloon Festival. Prices that won't make you have a cow.

The 72nd Annual Warren County Farmers' Fair kicks off Sunday, July 26 and runs through Saturday, August 1 on County Route 519 in Harmony Township, three miles north of Phillipsburg. Year after year, the Fair attracts youth of all ages to its 4-H and FFA exhibits and competitions, demolition derbies, craft and handwork displays, mud bogs, animal competitions, live entertainment, horse shows and more. Fair highlights also include tractor displays and pulls, the Kid's Corral, the popular Hot Air Balloon Festival and the Traditional Arts Expo. Opening Day starts with an Open Horse Show, Lawn Mower racing in the main arena that are free of charge to fairgoers, and mass hot air balloon launches each evening.

Keeping with its 72-year-long tradition of offering affordable family fun, the Fair won't leave a hole in your wallet: admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted free. Parking is free as well. Monday through Friday admission special allows children 12 years and under in free of charge until 4:00 pm.

For families with small children the fair can keep them entertained for hours for free. Drop by the animal barns to see cows, pigs, horses, rabbits and more. Catch a clown show at the Kids' Corral, where everything is free of charge for fairgoers and their children. While at the Kids' Corral participate in one of the contest from the Stick Pony races for little ones to Fear Factor Veggie Style for the more brave. Or participate in the Pie Eating, Bubble Gum Blowing or Hay Bale Rolling contest. Make some crafts, healthy snacks, make a quilt square for the Big Quilt Picture Project or do some coloring. There are plenty of activities from which to choose.

Included in the admission price to the Fair is the Hot Air Balloon Festival. This year the 9th Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival will feature mass hot air balloon launches every evening at 6:30 pm. The Balloon Festival runs in conjunction with the Fair and admission into the Fair allows spectators to view the balloons up close from the balloon port on Strykers Road. This year we will be featuring a competition - "Megaphone Monday and Tuesday" - that will involve the children. Children will cheer on pilots in a race to inflate their balloon the fastest. The winning team wins prize money donated to the charity of their choice. Wednesday night, July 29, will be the 3rd annual Bicycle Balloon Race, with a rain date of Thursday, July 30. Bikers and Balloonists pair up for an exciting race where the biker rides in the balloon and the bike is strapped onto the basket. Proceeds from the race all go to local charity, the ADM Foundation.

Ryan Pelton, Elvis Impersonator is back by popular demand. Grandstand seating is available for $10 per person - the most affordable tickets around for one of the BEST Elvis impersonators performing today.

Some other highlights of the Fair include car shows, horse shows and Traditional Arts Expo. The Warren Hills FFA Alumni Association is again organizing their annual car show with corvettes, street rods, customs, diesels and more on display. Dirt Track Heroes is organized and presented by the Harmony Speedway Historical Society. Those who remember attending dirt track races in Harmony, Flemington and Nazareth, will delight in meeting stock car drivers from the 60's, who will be displaying their rebuilt winning cars, trophies and memorabilia. Current day drivers will be in attendance as well. Equestrian events include the Open Horse Show on opening day, 4-H Horse Drill Team, a Dressage Demonstration and Nine Pines Open Western and English Pleasure Show. The 10th Annual Traditional Arts Expo invites guests to explore the talents of the area's artisans. The time-honored talents of the Evening Star Quilt Guild, the Hunterdon County Quilt Guild, the Warren County Needle Arts Guild, and the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey will be showcased during daily exhibits and demonstrations. Be sure to vote for your favorite in the "Viewer's Choice" quilt contest at the Traditional Arts Building.

The directors at the Warren County Farmers' Fair would like to thank our Gold Sponsors, RE/MAX® of New Jersey, AmeriGas, Brown-Daub and the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

For more information you can call the Fair Office at 908-859-6563 or visit the official websites at http://www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org or http://www.balloonfestnj.com


Giulia Iannitelli


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