Sussex County Fairgrounds

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There's Always Something Happening at the Sussex County Fairgrounds!


The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association, a non-profit organization, has been overseeing the Fairgrounds Complex by hosting a wide variety of events for over 40 years. These cultural, agricultural, athletic and entertainment events - many of which involve non-profit organizations - provide fun, wholesome entertainment to local residents and attract an increasing number of visitors to Sussex County throughout the year.


The mission statement governing the Fairgrounds is:


  • Showcase New Jersey agriculture
  • Provide safe, family-friendly entertainment & educational activities
  • Promote youth development
  • Give financial support to charitable, non-profit agencies.


The Fairgrounds receives no monetary support from government sources.



To Benefit The Richards Building Renovation Project

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Fairgrounds Contact Information


U.S. Mail

New Jersey State Fair

P.O. Box 2456

Branchville, NJ 07826


Physical Address

New Jersey State Fair

37 Plains Road

Augusta, NJ 07822


Telephone (973) 948-5500

Fax (973) 948-0147


Office Hours

September through May - Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

June through August - Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


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Questions or Additional Information

General E-Mail:


Administrative Staff



  Gary Larson

Telephone: 973-948-5500 x224


Administrative Assistant

  Jen Albrecht

Telephone: (973) 948-5500 x221


Sponsorship & Events

  Kristin Vincent

Telephone: (973) 948-5500 x258



  Claudia Ferrone

Telephone: (973) 948-5500 x244



  Pam Geiger

Telephone: (973) 948-5500 x225


Advertising & Learning Center

  Kathy Cafasso

Telephone: (973) 948-5500 x259


Maintenance Manager

  Kyle Sander

Telephone: (973) 948-5500


Executive Officers

  • President: Harold Pellow
  • Vice President: Howard Worts
  • Recording Secretary: Gale Danko
  • Treasurer: Barbara Thomas


Executive Board Members


  • Robin Fairclough
  • John Haftek
  • CeCe Pattison
  • Lois Pellow
  • Joe Phillips
  • Dennis Sensale
  • Joan Smith
  • Michelle Teitsma
  • David Wright
  • Alycia Randazzo
  • Sherman Tomasino
  • Blace Flatt
  • Richard Hammler


All Members of our Executive Board and General Board Directors/Members are volunteers who provide countless hours of volunteerism and knowledge to our fairgrounds success. Without these efforts and those of over 1,300 volunteers - The Sussex County Fairgrounds would not be the positive influence within the community as it has been for over 75 years.


The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association, Inc. is a not for profit corporation recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations for Charitable Donations. The Fairgrounds receives no monetary support from government sources.


IN THE NEWS - The Richards Building Renovation Project


July, 2017


A new 2,000 sq. ft. addition has just been finished to the Richards Building and the new RED siding indicates big changes to come. Display items formerly stored inside will now be placed there after the fair is over, leaving more floor space in the main building. Phase 2 of the building renovation is now complete. Click here to find out more.


There’s always something happening!


The Sussex County Fairgrounds has provided a venue for tourism for almost 40 years. Coupled with the development and expansion of the infrastructure, aggressive marketing, and advertising, The Fairgrounds has attracted and increased the number of off-season events, bringing more and more visitors to Sussex County every year. This much sought-after event venue has attracted many for-profit and non-profit groups seeking powerful ways to integrate their brands with a fully engaged consumer. In turn, The Fair, through its mission of giving back to the community, has generously donated thousands of dollars of in-kind services and/or reduced rates to charitable agencies throughout the county.

The Fairgrounds also hosts a wide variety of year-round, cultural and athletic events. The large, well-maintained, park-like fields have been home to many cultural festivals including Crawfishfest and Champion of the Grill. The paved roads, open fields, and spacious buildings provide excellent facilities for bicycle clubs, track events, arts and crafts shows, and various other All-Season events scheduled throughout the year. The Richards Building, boasting 10,000 sq. ft. of clear, open space, offers versatile and flexible space for a variety of rental options such as the Newton Kennel Club, Peters Valley Craft Show, and several fundraising craft shows for local schools and organizations.

The Sussex County Farmers Market brings the bounty of the Agricultural Community to the community at large. The Farmers Market received an award from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce for the collaborative partnership that made the Market possible. It has become a major attraction for out-of-county visitors and offers visitors the opportunity to purchase farm-fresh, locally-grown produce.

One of the most notable additions and enhancements to the Fairgrounds is the addition of The Conservatory and expanded Courtyard. This architecturally stunning structure provides an extraordinary location for business gatherings and social occasions, and is unlike any other in this part of the State.

On March 18, 2010, the Sussex County Fairgrounds was officially recognized by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce for providing a rich selection of high quality cultural, agricultural, recreational, educational, and entertainment events and services. The Chamber awarded their annual Tourism Award to the Fairgrounds because of the Fair’s quality and reputation and because they are able to attract so many tourists in and around Sussex County.

The New Jersey State Fair was also awarded four prizes at the 2012 International Association for Fairs and Expositions’ (IAFE) annual convention in Las Vegas.

The Fairgrounds continue to provide a venue affordable to all and accessible to everyone in Sussex County and the tri-state region. We are proud to work with area businesses and non-profits to help to fulfill their needs.