What started as a gathering of farmers, mechanics and manufacturers in 1859, evolved into the incorporation of the Warren County Farmers' Fair in 1937, and more recently mushroomed into an annual event that truly has something for everyone. Where else can you thrill to a hot air balloon ride, eat cotton candy on a carnival midway, watch traditional craftsmen at work, get down-and-dirty in a Mud Bog competition, and cheer your neighbor on in a tractor pull... all in the same place? Yes, the Farmers' Fair, featuring one of New Jerseys' popular Hot Air Balloon Festival is truly a family affair.
This year marks the 20th year for the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Warren County, New Jersey! Balloon launches, balloon rides, and tethered rides. There will be a mass balloon launches EVERY NIGHT! Tethered Rides will also be offered, with times based on weather and TBA. Wednesday night will be the Bicycle Balloon Race, raising funds for the Fred T Grotenhuis Veterans Community Center. (All balloon activity weather permitting.) The Hot Air Balloon Festival is included in one low admission price to the Fair!
What's New in 2020?
Welcome to McDaniel Brother Shows to the Warren County Fair. They will be providing a variety of rides, sweet foods and games at this year's Fair. From kiddie rides to the spectacular, there will be rides for the entire family. Wristband specials to be announced.]
New weekday hours will take effect at the Fair. The weekends will remain the same - 12 noon to 10 pm. Weekdays (Monday through Friday) the Fair will be open at 3 pm.
New Free Stage & Entertainment
In 2020 we will also have a brand new stage and stage area, on the South End of the Fairgrounds, between the Kids' Corral and the Traditional Arts Building. There will be free entertainment - your favorite local bands - each night of the Fair. Check out the schedule for the Free Stage and plan your visits. Confirmed so far on Friday night is Bobby Clark and The Play It Hard Band, and Saturday night enjoy Leah Marie Fuls and band.
New in Main Arena - Mud Run!!
For those of you that asked for the return of the women's mud run, we are doing one better. This year we will have a Mud Run from 3-5pm. More details coming soon!
Daily Farm Events & Exhibits give everyone the opportunity to savor the bounty of Warren County's fine agricultural community. The Open Horse Show, pony rides, baking & canning exhibits, 4-H/FFA exhibits... can't you just taste Grandma's apple pie right now?
In 2020 the Fair is celebrating the 23rd Annual Traditional Arts Expo. Return to the days when baskets were handmade, and spinning was a daily household chore. Local traditional artists from area Guilds will demonstrate their work.
For those who appreciate a taste of country life and some good old fashioned, down-home fun, the Warren County Farmers' Fair annual series of Power Events make for an entertaining and affordable day or evening out with family and friends. This year Advance Tickets for the Demolition Derbies and the Rafter Z Rodeo Bulls & Barrels will be available by mail, through July 10th. Tickets for other shows, including the Tractor and Truck Pulls, and Mud Bogging will be available for purchase the week of the Fair.
Old cars, antique cars and fast cars will plentiful at the Fair. So will trucks and tractors or all makes, sizes and ages, for all ages! Opening Day Saturday kicks off with the Truck Show. Sunday is a car show, sponsored by the Warren HIlls FFA Alumni. There are antique car and tractor shows, truck and tractor pulls and more throughout the week. The Fair event hosts a motorcycle show and Fire Truck and Apparatus show during the week.
Check out the Kids Rodeo Roundup on Friday night in the horse ring. The Kids Corral is a must-see-do-experience at the Fair, and best of all – its all free! Shows, crafts, educational presenters, daily contests and clowning around with Merriloons.
Food to satisfy every possible taste. Stroll the fun-packed Fairgrounds and taste the many delicious flavors of the Fair. From farm-fresh ice cream to strawberry shortcake, just bring a big appetite and enjoy it all!
And if you see our directors when you visit the fair be sure to give them a big thank you for all they do to prepare a memorable event for you and your family!