Salem County Fair Kicks Off

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Hundreds of people will visit the Salem County Fair to get a look at the many events happening over the next four days.

Since 1959, the Salem County Fair has been home to 4-H fun for people in the area.

“The Salem County Fair is a celebration of agriculture in South Jersey, particularly in Salem County," said Joel Rudderow, 2nd vice president for the Salem County Fair Association. "We host a variety of livestock shows, particularly for 4-H, but some open classes as well. Open class produce shows, home-economics, and really just to try and promote agriculture in the county of Salem.” 

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“I’ve been coming every single day since I can remember," said Isabella Briseno, 2017 Salem County Fair Queen. "There’s something about it that makes it different from other fairs. It’s like an environment of togetherness, everyone has something different to bring.” 

“In the area of livestock, we have most of the typical livestock you’d have at the county fair [including] hogs, sheep, goats, dairy cattle, beef, poultry, rabbits and then lots and lots of horses,” said Rudderow.

Horse shows are happening every day. But along with livestock, people can expect plenty of 4-H presentations. And of course, what would the fair be without some good food.

All of which keeps the crowds coming back year after year.

“It is a big event [and] numbers are usually good each year," said Rudderow. "We get a huge turnout. Last year, we had our first drone take a photograph and the fellas that were counting stopped at 700 cars." 

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And admission to the four-day event is absolutely free.

“Parking is $10, but that gets you a hangtag that’s good for the entire week," said Rudderow. "[It] doesn’t matter if there’s one person in the car or if it’s a van full. It’s $10 for a vehicle to park and then [you can] come back as much as you want. Just keep your hangtag on your rear-view mirror.” 

A list of the events can be found at salemcountyfair.com.

“The Fair Association has worked hard to keep it true to its roots, to keep it as an agricultural fair," said Rudderow. "And the number of people that come out every year shows that we seem to be headed [on] the right path.” 

The 2018 Salem County Fair has activities running from morning to night, now until Friday, August 10th.

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