State Fair at Meadowlands Returns

by Dyquan Waters

The largest, long-lasting New Jersey event of the Summer is back! Returning to East Rutherford from June 22 to July 9, the renowned State Fair at the Meadowlands pulled out all the stops to make this year special.

18 days long, the State Fair Meadowlands will be open weeknights, offering extended hours on the weekends and July 4. Parking is free every day and there will be designated drop-off and pick-up locations for non-drivers and those opting for car services.

This year’s fair will hold two marvelous firework displays on July 3 and July 4, visible to everyone on fairgrounds. Catch the show from your car under the stars or from the top of the Ferris wheel with your loved ones. The display starts around 10 p.m.

With water gun races, whack-a-mole, and basketball free throws, take your pick of carnival classics and win a souvenir! With beloved snacks like fried Oreos and distinctive candies to delicacies like fried alligator and empanadas, foodies have plenty of options to choose from.

Attend the Cycle Circus, where acrobatics and eclectic motocross stunts meet pyrotechnics. There’s also the highly coveted pig racing event, a New Jersey classic for over 40 years. Bought to Jersey by Wayne Rosaire, his legacy lives on as hundreds of fairgoers crowd around the track to watch as several different breeds of pig race for a cookie.

“This year is going to be our best, most entertainment-packed year yet,” said Mike Dorso, Vice President of Meadowlands State Fair. State Fair Group has been a family entertainment powerhouse for almost a century, with State Fair Meadowlands as their biggest hitter. As a family-owned business, they are devoted to maintaining their traditional values, while reducing their environmental impact.

Fun passes start at $38.99, and include admission, unlimited rides, free parking, free shows, entertainment, and access to the petting zoo. Reserve your tickets here.

For an additional fee, fairgoers can purchase a Fast Pass, which will allow them to skip the line on select rides. For the little ones, there’s also KiddieLand—an area designated for young kids who may not size up for the big rides. Parents are in luck as kiddos under 36” are admitted to the fair free of charge.

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Dyquan Waters is an Editorial Intern at New Jersey Digest who loves cooking plant-based meals and going camping. When he's not watering his plants, Dyquan enjoys brewing his own tea.

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Emily Dominguez` May 5, 2023 - 9:25 am

Shame on State Fair at the Meadowlands for doing away with the General Admission ticket. There are lots of people, including the disabled and elderly, who can’t go on rides but would enjoy the shows, food and games.

Paul June 24, 2023 - 3:45 pm

This fair is a joke to start with compared to other state fairs, and now they insist on a fare that requires you to pay for things you don’t want – like their “rides”. If I want rides, I’ll go to great adventure for slightly more. If I want to walk around hot concrete in the summer, I’ll come here. I’m sure it’ll be packed. Maybe next year we’ll get an actual states fair. The NY states fair in Syracuse is a destination. This is a joke.


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