NEWTON, NJ – The weather was made to order for the first annual Sussex County Day.  The event, sponsored by the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, was held on the grounds of the Sussex County Community College.

There was something for everyone, young and old; a llama petting zoo, fireman tug of war, tours of the medical helicopter, plinko and corn hole beanbag game, pie judging and Sussex County Idol contests. There was also the opportunity to throw a pie at the face of a local politician.

The finalists in the Sussex Idol contest competed for the title.  It was won by young Sparta resident Natalie Torres.

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Approximately 120 exhibitors were on the grounds.  An estimated 2500 to 300 visitors were able to visit with local social service providers, realtors, attorneys, car dealers, various political organizations and small businesses.  The Sussex County YMCA had an obstacle course and fitness events to keep children entertained. 

Newton Medical Center, the Platinum Sponsor of the day had the largest tent at the event, in which representatives from many of the hospital’s services and departments were available to speak with guests.  They also provided a shuttle service, bringing people from the upper parking lots to the lower fields in their bus.

Many fire companies were represented.  They brought their vehicles, competing for Best in Show, and the firefighters to compete in the tug of war.  Hardyston won the Best in Show trophy and Frankford brought home the Strongest Fire Fighters in Sussex County and a $1000 prize.

The local politicians involved in the Pie a Politician activity included Rich Vohden, Gary Larson, George Graham, Carl Lazzaro, Jonathan Rose and Dennis Mudrick.

Rosaline’s Farm and Bakery won the Best Apple Pie in Sussex County.

Sparta won the Municipal Egg toss, represented by Councilman Josh Hertzberg and Mayor Jerry Murphy.

"We are fortunate that Sussex County is a very close knit community and people volunteer and come together to celebrate the quality of life we have here. Today we proved what a great place Sussex County is to live, work and play," said Tammie Horsfield, President of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce.

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