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2020 NJ State Fair® Sussex County Farm & Horse Show cancelled amid COVID-19 public health concerns

AUGUSTA, NJ (Sussex County) – Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, its impact on community health and well-being, as well as the financial and government restriction uncertainty, the annual 2020 Fair has been cancelled by the Directors of the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association.

“The safety of the NJ State Fair’s® visitors, participants and community is the highest priority in producing the annual Fair.  Based on guidance from public health and government officials, it became clear that cancellation was the prudent choice for the Fair to do its part to improve community health and safety, and reduce the cycle of infection,” the directors said.

The directors remain hopeful that the other events planned at the fairgrounds in the coming months will continue on schedule and we’re committed to holding our 2021 NJ State Fair® from August 7 to August 14 2021.  With the cancellation of the 2020 Fair, next year’s Fair will become the 80th anniversary.  They’re also excited to share that the Sussex County Farmer’s Market, located near the entrance to the fairgrounds, will be opening in June.

“The impact of COVID-19 on the operation of the Sussex County Fairgrounds has been very economically challenging and the Fair’s cancellation will be felt far beyond our Fairgrounds,” the directors said.

“We are heartbroken that circumstances beyond our control prevent us from offering the annual and iconic Fair to the residents of Sussex County and neighboring areas. In particular, we will miss the children, 4-Hers and families that anticipate and look forward every year to their “Fair experience”. Unfortunately, after weeks of consideration, there seems to be no path forward toward a safe and enjoyable Fair in 2020.  We regret the effect this cancellation will have on the small businesses, family farms, competitors, exhibitors, community groups and non-profits that rely on the income and exposure that the NJ State Fair® brings them. The impact is felt not only by those who participate on the Fairgrounds during Fair week, but also the many surrounding businesses who benefit from the influx of visitors to the area” Fair President Joan Snook Smith said.

The fairgrounds staff will be working with all our vendors, participants and stakeholders to address concerns and answer questions. In thier 80 year history, the fair has only been cancelled one other time, during the hurricane of 1955. The directors remain committed to our mission to showcase New Jersey’s agriculture, to provide safe, family-friendly entertainment and educational activities, to promote youth development and to give financial support to charitable non-profit agencies.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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