Road trip: Galloping through the Sussex Farm and Horse Show

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By Jeff Sovelove

The annual NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show filled the Sussex County Fairgrounds with prize-winning animals, show jumping, rides, and of course, deep- fried everything last week.  

Lisa and Douglas DeMarco of Sussex with Moe, their Golden Comet hen, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lisa and Douglas DeMarco of Sussex with Moe, their Golden Comet hen, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The deep-fried pickles were especially good!  

And who can forget the pig- and wiener dog races?  They get the pigs at 6 weeks old and it takes only one week to train them to run — they know an Oreo cookie is waiting at the finish line, and pigs are among the smartest animals on earth.

By the time they’re 6 months old these cute little piglets will be 200 pounds-plus, and their racing days are behind them.  

You’ve never heard ‘Amazing Grace’ like this. Video by Jeff Sovelove:

Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Fair-goers interacted with alpacas, sheep, rabbits and chickens, and could view a 2,000-pound ox, listen to a concert or just browse the vendors lining the midway.  

The show jumping was very memorable, with two riders recording clean runs, leading to an exciting jump off.  

 

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove

An Alphorn concert, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The public meets an Alpaca, at NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Off to the races! NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Lisa and Douglas DeMarco of Sussex with Moe, their Golden Comet hen, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
An Alpaca gives me the stink eye, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A Mini Rex rabbit named Buck. This breed has the softest, densest fur of any rabbit breed. NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
On the way to show two goats, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rides on the Midway, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Waiting for the pig races to start, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Pig races at NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Wiener dog races at NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
MILK THIS! NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids enjoyed the walking talking tree, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rides on the Midway, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rock group Tired Old Men performs at NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A squealing porker, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A Netherlands Dwarf rabbit named Bab, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A prize winning Flemish Giant rabbit, at NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A rare American rabbit, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Freshly sheered sheep wool, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A wood carving of a dragon, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Alphorns, NJ State Fair in Sussex County, August 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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