Trip Report: Kenilworth Fireman’s Fair 2015

Kenilworth Fire Dept Fair 2015I headed over to Kenilworth for the annual Fireman’s Fair on August 22nd. It was about a 20 minute drive to Kenilworth and upon arriving I had to hunt around for street parking. I ended up parking like four blocks away. I probably could have found one closer, but I suck at parallel parking so squirming my way into a spot would have taken about as long as simply hoofing it four blocks.

The rides were brought in my Blue Sky Amusements and the fair had…

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Trip Report: Hillsborough Rotary Fair 2015

Hillsborough Rotary Fair 2015On Saturday, August 15th, I headed over to the Hillborough Rotary Fair in Hillsborough, NJ. I looked over Google Maps on how to get there. Last time I took Route 22 and some backroads, but I felt like taking all highways would be the best way to go this time. Well, it would have worked out fine if I thought that the fair was on Rt. 206 and not Rt. 202. I headed like 10 freaking miles down the wrong highway before thinking “hey…I should be there by now.” I eventually got back on track and made it to the fair at around 9pm after wasting a half an hour.  Parking for this fair was a snap as the fairgrounds border a large shopping center.

Majestic Midways was running the rides. I usually see this show closer to my locale at the St. Barts Italian Festival, but it’s a much smaller fair compared to this one. As a matter of fact, this is actually a pretty big fair ride-wise! The fair had…

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Trip Report: New Jersey State Fair 2015

New Jersey State Fair 2015I went to the 75th annual New Jersey State Fair & Sussex County Farm and Horse Show on Wednesday, August 5th with a couple of my cousins. We originally planned to head over on Friday, but the weather forecast was for rain all day so we rescheduled for the 5th. It ended up not raining on Friday. I’m surprised.

I printed out my ticket and presented it without hassle to the gate and Mega Pass booth. They, on the other hand, opted for will call and had a problem because the fair didn’t have their tickets at the booth. Luckily, one of the managers straightened the situation out. Make note to print those tickets!

Reithoffer Shows was doing the midway, and the fair had:

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Trip Report: 2015 Berkeley Heights Mount Carmel Festival

Berkeley Heights Mount Carmel Festival 2015Every year from the 12th to the 16th is the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival in Berkeley Heights, NJ, hosted by the Mt Carmel Society of Berkeley Heights. The 5 day event  features rides, food, games, beer and wine garden, and some vendors as well as two fireworks shows; one of which has all but attained legendary status around my area.

For several years, Ace Amusements had done the event, but this year it was McDaniel Brothers Shows. Ace had been doing the Morris County 4H Fair these past couple of years and I assume that’s where they were during this event as the 4H fair overlapped with the Mt Carmel festival. This year, the Mount Carmel Festival had…

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Trip Report: State Fair Meadowlands 2015

State Fair Meadowlands 2015On Friday, June 26th, I went to the biggest fair of the year, the State Fair Meadowlands. This fair undoubtedly has more rides than any other fair I go to each year and likely more rides than any other fair I’ve ever been to. In addition, the midway is packed full of shows, food, vendors, and more.

This year I went with a few of my cousins. I headed up to their place and we all drove over, arriving a little after 6pm, the fair’s opening. Amusements of America had the bulk of the rides there, with Strates Shows bringing in a fair amount of their own rides. A few other operators also had rides there including Jeremy Floyd, Christanni, and Reithoffer Shows. The fair had…

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