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It’s that time of the year again! Here’s a list of notable fairs and carnivals in and around New Jersey for 2012.

If you know about a medium to large carnival (ie. with adult thrill rides and not just kiddie rides/inflatable attractions) that isn’t listed here that’s within the area, please drop a comment about it and I’ll try to add it. This list will be updated throughout the spring and summer, so make sure to check back!

New Jersey (2012 list)

Southern New York

Great Allentown Fair (2011)

Eastern Pennsylvania


  • Bill George says:

    Here are the dates of our eastern PA shows for the Spring.

    Second Alarmers Rescue Squad Carnival, Abington, PA May 8 – 12, 2012
    Morrisville Rotray Carnival, Morrisville, PA May 15 – 20, 2012
    Hatboro Summer Fun Festival, Hatboro, PA May 25 – June 2, 2012 (Fireworks June 1)

    I will send yopu our fall dates when they are finalized.

    Bill George
    Pennypack Entertainment

  • Hey there Brian, can u add this upcoming fair in Bayonne, NJ?

    —St. Mary Star of the Sea Church Fair – Bayonne, NJ: April 10 – 15— (Less Than 2 Weeks Away!) 😀

    Thanks 🙂

  • BSA Mike says:

    Some up coming NJ Dates:

    Ridgefield Carnival – April 25-29th Veterans Park Ridgefield NJ
    Warren County Chamber of Commerce Spring Festival Hackettstown NJ May 3-6
    Holy Trinity Carnival – Hackensack NJ – May 1st – 5th
    Bound Brook FD Carnival – Bound Brook NJ – May 8-12
    St. Virgils Church Carnival – Morris Plains NJ May 9 -12
    Sea Brite FD Carnival – Sea Brite NJ – May 17-20

    NY DateS:

    Nassau County Strawberry Festival – Bellmore NY May 30- June 3rd

  • UPDATE from BSA on Facebook: “Unfortunately the Zipper will not appear at St. Mary’s this year. It’s still in the process of refurbishment. Remaining parts have not yet arrived, and waiting. Will keep you updated!”

  • Hey, I got another fair for the list! 🙂

    D.A.R.E. is hosting a carnival at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ from May 30 to June 10!
    I called the event manager for the dates and which traveling carnival company they’ll have over there. And it’s with
    Reithoffer Shows. 🙂 (hopefully they’ll have my fave ride there)

    The link for more info:

    -Robert “-Zipper- Addict” Mata 🙂

  • @ DoD3Brian
    No prob. Hey Are U Planning To Attend The -Our Lady Of Peace- Fair this year? And here’s the photo of Blue Sky’s newly refurbished “Zipper” that will be there this year.

    It didn’t look like it was refurbished much, just the color change on the outer cages. But looks pretty good 🙂

    • DoD3Brian says:

      I actually just went last night lol. The Zipper looked really nice I thought and even seemed to be a bit quieter then most other Zipper rides I’ve seen.

      • They lowered the noise on it? Aw that sucks. But looking forward to riding it with my lil nephew (He’s “Craving” to ride a “Zipper” Badly as much as I do lol)
        And I’m ‘”training” myself like a “Naruto” ninja right now to ride it too, as it will be my 1st Ride/”Fight” on “Zipper” of 2012!! xD

        -Wish Me Luck! 🙂

        -Robert “-Zipper- Lovin Ninja” Mata aka “Neji Hyuga”

        • DoD3Brian says:

          Well I think the new parts made it less loud. I can’t really say it’s quiet, it’s a Zipper after all, but compared to other models it seems like there’s less of a rattling noise.

          Also, just a little tip, if you have a tough time parking by the fair try the adjacent high school lots or the New Providence Community Pool parking lot. Both have lots of spots and the pool parking lot rarely fills up all the way if the high school lots are all taken up. It’s a short walk to the fair from both places.

      • BSA mike says:

        Was that you taking pics of the wheel on Wednesday night around 8-830?

        Think I also saw you on your bike taking pics when we were setting up

        • DoD3Brian says:

          Might have been, I think I got there around 8:30 or so that night. Guy on the bike was almost certainly me though.

          You might see me hanging around there later on actually.

  • BSA mike says:

    Like I told you in face book.. A refurbishment is more then just paint. The ride received all new bushings for the bracing and hbars, new k bar braces,, new telecopes(the pieces the cages hang on ) all new pins for the whole ride, all new hardware. All 4 motors were removed and rebuilt but hey color change and pretty lights (which we put all LED ligting on it as well) is all that matters I guess

    • Ah, ok I get it. Those are very nice additions to the ride u’ve made. Sounds like u guys made the ride more enjoyable, Safer, and more BEAUTIFUL than before! 🙂 Thanks for giving me that additional info. 🙂 I hope to see u, and the New “Zipper” at the OLP Academy in New Providence this Saturday! 🙂

  • Immaculate Conception Church in Annandale will host its 11th Annual Parish Festival from June 20th-24th. Majestic Midways will transform the grounds into a magnificent playground complete with rides for all ages. Over 16 rides including some great ones for the thrill seekers. Paladin Amusements will bring awesome games for some extra excitement. There will be TWO FIREWORKS displays one on June 20th & one on June 23rd with a raindate of June 24th. We will have two wristband days one on June 21st and one on June 24th. Also featuring, nightly entertainment, fine food, raffles and a Tricky Tray. There will also be a Super 50/50 drawn on June 24th tickets are $2.00 each with a promise of winning a percentage of the gross proceeds. We will also be raffling off a Vacation Raffle Gift Certificate valued at $2000, a Nikon SLR Digital Camera Package, a Weber Grill, an Apple iPad, Disney Passes, tickets to One Direction and much more.

    Easy to access off of Routes 78, 22 & 31. Follow the Ferris Wheel

    For additional information: call 908-735-7319 or 908-735-9564

  • Just for Robert—-we will have the ZIPPER!

    • Hmmmm, I wish I could be there. But it looks pretty far from where I live (Elizabeth, NJ) I’m not entirely sure if I’ll make it there also. I know the one fair that’s closest to me for my birthday (I’m turning 22 this June 24th!) and that will Also Have My Fave Ride (Yes, “Zipper”) is -State Fair Meadowlands-. (They had it last year, and speaking with the President of the fair about them having it again this year) And they also do Unlimited Ride specials throughout the entire fair (June 22nd – July 8 with fireworks on July 3rd and 4th). There is also another fair in North Brunswick, NJ that’ll do that too, but I’m quite unsure of the name. I’ll have to look that up.
      Though I thank you for providing me the information. Again I’m just not sure if I’ll make it there that day.

      -Thank You.
      Robert -“ZIPPER” Lovin’ Leaf Ninja- Mata aka “Neji Hyuuga” of the Hyuuga Clan

    • @FestivalQueen
      I’ll Be There This Year! 🙂

  • Peter says:

    There is a great carnival in Mount Olive starting Wednesday, July 11, 2012 and running through Sunday, July 15, 2012 (with Fireworks on Saturday July 14, 2012. Definately worth going too! It will be at Turkey Brook Park.

  • Hey there Brian..Long time no talk!
    I have another fair you could add to this list… Though I found out about it just now.

    It’s the Mercer County Italian-American Festival at Mercer County Park.
    It runs from September 27th through the 30th and Majestic Amusements will have their rides there.. Hopefully their “Ring Of Fire” and “Zipper” will be there as well.

    And it may be…. THE LAST FAIR OF 2012 IN NJ!

    Here’s the website for more info:

    • DoD3Brian says:

      I was at a Majestic spot in Scotch Plains earlier in the month and they had Ring of Fire but not Zipper. They did have a Sky Diver though. Of course the lot didn’t have a lot of room so that could be why some of their other rides weren’t there.

      • Oh, I have heard of that particular spot in Scotch Plains, though I’ve never gone there. Perhaps next year I hope. But sucks that they didn’t include the Zipper. Well, I don’t have to worry because all of Majestic’s rides will be there this weekend. And I’m not going alone either. I’ve had this planned with my best friend but he then canceled on Monday. So, I asked my nephew if he can..hopefully. But yeah, I’m really having the “craving” the “fight” the Zipper like a ninja this Saturday lol. Oh, and there will be fireworks there on Saturday night also. 🙂

  • WELL…THAT’S IT, Carnival Ride “junkies”! It’s October, and the 2012 Carnival Season is OVER for NJ (NY? PA?) and another Long winter season is just ahead. Have a nice, safe and healthy Fall and Winter this year. There’ll be more fun with carnival rides in Spring -2o1E-! (backwards “3”)

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