Friendly Competitions at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival

Be a Part of the Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Help Us Celebrate 80 Years of Family Fun


The Warren County Farmers’ Fair has always been a place where friends and families came together to celebrate agricultural roots. This year the Fair celebrates its 80th year of delivering affordable family fun. Over the past 80 years the event has grown into a place to make some noise with tractor pulls, see antique tractors, enjoy carnival rides, see livestock, homegrown and homemade products and eat great food. The Fair will officially open at 12 noon on Saturday, July 29 and run through the following Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Contest entry information varies and details on participating may be found here. One will find a variety of contests and competitions for all ages, interests and talents.

To celebrate 80 years we have added a few extra classes in the Home and Garden Building competitions. The Home and Garden Building is one of the longest standing traditions at the Fair. Sampling of contests range from grown or canned fruits and vegetables, to the arts like amateur photography and handwork. New categories have been added to help us celebrate our 80th year. Plan a Generational Get Together with someone in your family of another generation and enter one of the new categories. Do you like sewing? Try an entry in a special vintage 1930/40’s class. The Fair is also starting a new tradition in 2017 – the Juried Fine Arts show. There are also several newer categories added to the Arts & Crafts show that reflect trends of today, like the yard art, decorated wearables and the upcycle category.

Bake us a cake and decorate it for our 80th year. Enter the Baking Contest on Sunday, July 30th and show off your cake decorating skills. Youth may enter cupcakes and the Fair has added a new Tween division.

Are you a past Fair Queen? If so you will want to sign up for the Fair Queen Reunion to be held on Wednesday evening. Join the 2017 Fair Queen that will be crowned on Monday evening, along with the Fair Princess.

This year the Fair will again kick off with the Warren Hills Club Wrestling Tournament, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 29th.

Can you sing or dance? Then maybe the Country Idol Contest on Sunday evening, or the Talent Show on Tuesday evening, or both! Last years’ Country Idol winner, Leah Fuls has since recorded several original songs and has been nominated in six categories in the Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

Open Livestock Competitions include beef cattle, steer, and dairy breed shows. Horse Shows include Western and English riding styles. Students involved in 4-H and FFA programs are invited to participate in a variety of horse, livestock, small animal and even archery contests and competitions throughout the 8-day event.

Not just for farmers or gardeners (or humans) – the Pitiful Pooch aka “Ugly Dog” as well as & Posh Pup contests return and are open to all US Resident Pooches. You can pre-register or register the day of the show, however contestant owners who pre-register will receive a complimentary pass to the Fair.

The Main Arena “Power Events” are always popular for those that like to show off some power combined with driving skill on a tractor, ATV or in a truck or car, with two Demolition Derbies, various tractor pulls, truck pulls and mud bogs.

The “Power Events” aren’t just for adults. Little ones can show off the same in the Kiddie Pedal Pull, Youth Pedal Obstacle Course or the Big Wheel Race.

Show off some muscle in the Frying Pan Throwing and Hay Bale Rolling contests. Or show off some muscle cars in one of the Car Shows. Own a truck? We have a Truck Show for that.

Don’t forget, no need to cook dinner. Feast on some of the delectable fair food delights as you stroll around the Main Arena.

And while most readers do not have a license to fly a hot air balloon, visitors may delight in assuming the role of spectator for the Hare & Hound Balloon Races or the Bicycle Balloon Race, which will be fundraising for scholarships ( honoring Fred Grotenhuis, the original organizer of the Balloon Festival at the Warren County Farmers’ Fair.

Listed is just a small sampling of over 60 different contests with multiple divisions and categories. Be sure to check out the Rules & Regs page online to see if you are eligible to participate, as some are restricted to Warren County residents and some are open to all participants.

Admission is still only $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and ages 4 and under are free. Parking is also free.

For directions, schedule of event and other information visit the Fair website at, or call 908-859-6563.

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Giulia Grotenhuis


Photo by Denise Dabinett


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