EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - It's pretty easy to be distracted by the colorful prizes, the tasty munchies, and the swiveling rides at the Middlesex County Fair.  That icy root beer has a pretty loud call, as do the popping lights of the rides as the twilight edges across the open fields of East Brunswick. Yet the fair also has the draw of human interaction, the astounding number and variety of types of farm produce, an exhibition of local art, bunnies to pet, shows and demonstrations to watch, music to listen to, and a sense of Americana that also tugs the heart (and the feet) to various locations throughout.

These photos represent just a portion of the variety available at the Middlesex County Fair, which runs through Sunday night August 11.  Check out what you missed when distracted by that tower of curly fries.