If your family has “fair fever” awaiting Friday’s opening of the New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, take time this week to check out Phillipsburg, New Jersey’s Warren County Farmers’ Fair!

What started as a gathering of farmers, mechanics and manufacturers in 1859 mushroomed into an annual event offering something for everyone; 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 on a tractor pull!

The Fabric of Life

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This year, with the Traditional Arts Expo celebrating 20 years, the Warren County Farmers' Fair is Celebrating the Fabric of Life.  Return to the days when baskets were handmade, and spinning was a daily household chore. Local traditional artists from area Guilds demonstrate their work.

Up, Up and Away!

This year marks the 17th year for the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Warren County, New Jersey! Balloon launches, balloon rides, and tethered rides. There will be 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 scholarships. (All balloon activity weather permitting.) The Hot Air Balloon Festival is included the admission price.

Outstanding in the Fields

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?

Cars, Tractors and Trucks, Oh My!

Old cars, antique cars and fast cars abound at the Fair, as do trucks and tractors of all makes, sizes and ages! There are antique car and tractor shows, truck and tractor pulls and more throughout the week.

Kids Rule

Check out the Kids Rodeo Roundup on Friday night, August 4th in the horse ring. The Kids Corral is a must-see-do-experience at the Fair, and best of all – it's all free: shows, crafts, educational presenters, daily contests and clowning around with Merriloons!

Team Nest Builder recommends you set your sights on Phillipsburg for the Warren County Fair this week, but save some energy for the Sussex County Fair, starting this Friday, August 4th!  Open now, the Warren County Farmers' Fair runs through Saturday, August 5th. (For more information on the Warren County Fair, visit warrencountyfarmersfair.org.)