State Fair Meadowlands to hold Jersey tomato fight to raise money for charity

Wednesday, 02 June 2010 15:56
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tomato060210_optState Fair Meadowlands will hold New Jersey's 1st Annual State Fair Jersey Tomato Fight on Saturday, June 19, at 6 p.m. The hour-long, squishy summer extravaganza — which will be held during the 19-day fair at the Meadowlands Fairgrounds in East Rutherford, N.J. — is open to fairgoers ages 16 and up. Participation is free, but tomato hurlers and spectators will be encouraged to make a $5 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"The State Fair Jersey Tomato Fight promises to be a spectacle that area thrill seekers won't want to miss. Ponchos and goggles will be available for purchase, and tomato hurlers should come dressed for a mess — maybe even in bathing suits!" said Al Dorso, president of State Fair at the Meadowlands Fairgrounds.

State Fair at the Meadowlands Fairgrounds will run daily from June 17-July 5, featuring four new shows — Piccadilly Circus, with daring acrobats, clowns and majestic circus animals; Sea Lion Splash, a splashy and educational summer pleaser with funny, lovable sea lions; an Aerial Stunt Show featuring the original Batcopter from the Batman TV series and movie; and Hell on Wheels Trilogy BMX Show. Entertainment to these and other shows is free with entry ticket.

The Fair will feature 50 food vendors and over 150 rides and attractions for all ages, as well as bargain ticket days. In addition to this year's new shows, free nightly entertainment also includes favorites Master Hypnotist Steve Bayner, Racing Pigs, Festival of Magic, and World of Wonder/Palace of Illusion, a real old-fashioned oddities show. The fair will also offer free concerts, and families can relax in the Kid Zone, a grassy area with picnic tables, umbrellas and space for parents and kids to unwind.

This year's special events include a visit from the original fully refurbished Batcopter, offering rides to daring fairgoers.

The Fair will also hold a Record-Breaking Bubble Wrap Popping event on Sunday, June 27. Then there's the Second Annual Auto and Bike Show on Friday, July 2 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, July 3 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The annual fireworks displays will be held on July 3 and July 4.

Fair hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to midnight. Special hours on July 3 and 4 are from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. and July 5 from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. On June 17, opening night, gates open 5 p.m.

Advance tickets for State Fair Meadowlands are on sale now through June 16 and can be bought online at www.njfair.com or by calling 973-450-1073. Special group packages are also available.

— ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM