Heat not stopping Burlington Co. Farm Fair

July 20, 2011 3:36:09 PM PDT
The searing heat is not keeping the crowds away.

The Burlington County Farm Fair opened this afternoon and for the first time in over 50 years has a new home on a sprawling field just south of the Columbus Market on Route 206.

"We have 15 acres versus 5 acres. We have many more people. We're expecting 100,000 people this year," Farm Fair Manager Carol Soden said.

"My grandfather actually took my mother to the Farm Fair for years, now it's kind of a family tradition," fair visitor Kate Maxwell of Springfield, New Jersey said.

Managers say this year's fair will be bigger and better than ever with more rides, more vendors and lots more space here at the brand new fairground.

"It's really a fun family event and they have entertainment," Tina Fernandes of Lumberton, New Jersey said.

"They have such crazy rides that you won't normally find at an amusement park, that's only at a fair," Rachel Jones of Fort Dix, New Jersey said.

The fair will be packed with things to do and see like the ever-popular pig races.

It's so hot the little porkers may turn into bacon right before your eyes!

Of course, it's a farm fair, so there are lots of animals and you can get up close and personal to visit with them and talk to the people that raise them.

"The girls and the guys are taking them out and letting you touch them and play with them. It's fantastic," Ceil Taylor of Florence, New Jersey said.

There's arts and crafts, music, old farm equipment and tractor pulls and don't forget the food.

As you can imagine in weather like this the Italian ice stand is busy.

If it gets too hot for anyone, medics will be stationed throughout the grounds.

Admission is $10 a carload, there's plenty of parking and the fair is open until 11 each night through Saturday.