Went over to the New Jersey State Fair on August 8th with a couple of my cousins. This year the fair was about a week later than it usually is, going from August 5th to the 14th. I met them at around 11am and we were over at the fair by 12 noon. Reithoffer Shows brought in the rides and the fair had…

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Each year leading up to July 16th is the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival, a fair hosted by the Mount Carmel Society of Berkeley Heights. The festival is most well known for the fireworks display on July 16th, the feast day, which attracts folks from all over. The festival was five days previous years but went with four days this year, starting on July 13th. They actually had a “normal” fair week this year going from Wednesday to Saturday like most other carnivals. Since this fair always ends on the 16th the days are sometimes strange, like starting on Sunday and ending on Thursday. Ace Amusements was back after one year with McDaniel Brothers Shows, and the fair had…

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This year was the 30th anniversary of the State Fair Meadowlands, the largest fair in New Jersey located at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in Northern NJ. How many of those 30 I’ve been to, I don’t really know other than the past 12 years that I’ve been going. The total is likely well over half its existence, and consequently over half of my existence since I’m only one year older than the fair!

Originally I was planning on heading over with some relatives on Friday, July 1st but the fair decided to close that night due to the storm threat (a good decision in hindsight). Plans sort of went into disarray until we made the decision to meet up at the fair on Wednesday. I didn’t particularly want to go on this night as it was a discount night, but it was at the point where I may have missed out altogether if I didn’t go that night due to schedules/forecasted weather/etc.

Amusements of America and Strates Shows paired up once again to bring in most of the rides, and the fair had…

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I headed over to the North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival on Saturday, June 25th. This is one of the largest fairs in New Jersey in terms of midway size with probably only the State Fair Meadowlands topping it; although the New Jersey State Fair is close. Reithoffer Shows was doing the midway this year as they had done in the past with Strates Shows having a little run in 2013/2014 and I think Amusements of America doing it way back when. The fair had…

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After leaving the Warren Lions Expo, I hopped onto I-78 west for basically a straight shot to my next stop, the Immaculate Conception Parish Festival in Annandale; I was at the fairgrounds maybe 5 minutes after exiting 78. I’ve known about this fair for several years and always meant to check it out. Majestic Midways brought in the rides and the fair had…

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