Careful planning and a concerted effort by all involved to develop and promote the Fair as a place where families may enjoy an exciting and affordable day of special activities is always our mission.
In the 15 years that we have managed this Meadowlands event, there has been resurgence in the number of families that attend and enjoy the various attractions that this annual event has to offer. Over 99 percent of the respondents to our exit survey stated that they absolutely had fun and planned to return to the fair in subsequent years. This high percentage of satisfied patrons has been earned by a lot of hard work and dedication to our patrons and our vendors.
•The First Fair at the Meadowlands opened in 1986 as a 6-day event encompassing 10 acres offering a dozen rides and games.
•It takes up to 4 days to set up over 300 attractions at State Fair Meadowlands. It takes up to 3 days to “tear” it down. In fact in 2003, 95% of the fair was down the next day because of the Stadiums’ big concert series starring Metallica, Bon Jovi and The
Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
•The Carnival Midway sets up some of their largest rides the week before opening day to make sure they are ready to run on schedule.
•New Jersey has the strictest laws in the country governing ride safety. Every ride MUST be licensed by the State and ALL RIDES must be inspected and approved to operate prior to opening. They are then re-inspected, unannounced, during fair time.
•In 2007, State Fair Meadowlands in conjunction with Giants Stadium hosted America’s “Live Earth” Concert. A worldwide effort dedicated to bringing attention to global warming.
•The Fair generates about 8 tons of garbage daily, much of which is sorted for recycling. The portable generators brought in for the fair provide 77,000 KW of power – enough electricity to power East Rutherford.
•State Fair Meadowlands has been at the forefront in establishing an environmentally friendly fair with initiatives that include using bio-fuel in all generators, minimal generator usage by reducing units from 20 to 3 for a fuel savings of 30%, minimal usage of lights during daytime hours, recycling of waste oil, recycling of fryer (cooking) oil, encouraging vendors to use recycled paper products, printing State Fair Meadowlands collateral material on recycled paper whenever possible.
•About 1,000 people work at the fair annually from maintenance to management.
•There are over 1,300 people hypnotized annually at the fair.
•There are over 100 pig races annually at the fair.
•Last year’s fair attendance topped 400,000.
•The Fair generates almost $1 million dollars in New Jersey State Tax Revenue.
•Per Capita Spending at the Fair is $35.55
•There are over 185,000 zeppoles; 50,000 corn dogs and over 17,000 bags of cotton candy sold at the fair annually.
Contact Us – FAIR OFFICE (July 23 – August 9)
Main Number: 201-355-5911
Fax Number: 973-751-7397
Street Address: Stadium Road, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
GPS Address: 102 NJ State Highway 120, East Rutherford NJ
Mailing/Shipping Address: 50 State Hwy 120, East Rutherford, NJ 07073, LOT F – FAIR OFFICE – Remember to include the recipient’s name
LOST & FOUND: All items turned into the Fair Office(s) DURING the Fair will be sent to the onsite Security Office Trailer within 24 hours. The Security Office Trailer is inside the Main Entrance of the Fairgrounds. Any items remaining AFTER the Fair will be sent to Guest Services at MetLife Stadium. You may reach Guest Services by calling 201-559-1515.