Show jumping and more, at the Sussex farm and horse show, through Aug. 19

Feeding a giraffe. Their tongues are over six inches long and prehensile. They're also purple so they don't get sunburned. At the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Feeding a giraffe.  Their tongues are over six inches long and prehensile. They're also purple so they don't get sunburned. At the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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By Jeff Sovelove

It’s August, which means it’s time for the New Jersey State Fair and Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, at the Sussex Fairgrounds. 

Show jumping at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Whether you’re looking for something cuddly and furry, or large and furry, the Fair has something to please everyone, from cute mini Rex rabbits to Mike, a 2,500 lb steer.

There are chickens, goats, cows, sheep, ducks, geese, and chinchillas, too.  Prized were awarded over the weekend for best in breed as well as scariest scarecrow  — which may have scared Fair patrons oers more than the crows.

Also featured: An Arabian horse show, along with rare, trained Bactrain (two-hump) camels, dancing dogs, and talking vegetables for the kids.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

Feeding a giraffe. Their tongues are over six inches long and prehensile. They're also purple so they don't get sunburned. At the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Bactrain (two hump) camels at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Not a real cow, at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The midway at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The famous racing pigs round the corner headed for the home stretch. The feature race was won by a pig named Donald Plump, and his reward was a pig's favorite food - an Oreo cookie. At the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gaston the Toy Poodle, at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The show's really going to the dogs -- Gaston the toy poodle--at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gaston the Toy Poodle, at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scary scarecrows at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A Red Angus Steer at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A 2,500-pound steer named Mike at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Winning ribbons at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kate Lorenzo of Sussex weaves a rug on a 100+ year old loom, at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The western horse training competition at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The western horse training competition at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Prize winning poultry at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Arabian horse show at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Evan, 11, of Elizaville, NY, with his Southdown yearling ram. The ram is wearing a cover to keep clean between judgings. At the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Chainsaw art at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Prize winner at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Not a real cow, at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Scary scarecrows at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Midway at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Show jumping at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Rides, pig races, and delicious food to make your cardiologist cringe are perennial favorites. The show jumping competition, a monster truck show and demolition derby are crowd favorites, too.

Prizes were awarded for New Jersey’s finest produce.  But the real centerpiece was the show jumping, with riders competing for prestigious 1st place ribbons.

The fair runs through Aug. 19 at the Sussex Fairgrounds in Augusta.

Bactrain (two hump) camels at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Bactrain (two hump) camels at the NJ State Fair, August 2018. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

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