NEWTON, NJ – Sussex County Community College was the site on Sunday, May 3, for the first ever Sussex County Day.
Sussex County Chamber of Commerce previously coordinated Sussex County Family Fest, which prior to that it was known as the “Green & Lean Family Fest.”
The new Sussex County Day was expanded from all of its predecessor events, with area residents who attended enjoying things to do every hour.
At the start of the event, Atlantic Air One Helicopter made a landing, with a performance afterward with Dance Expressions. The Sussex County Idol Contest was another highlight to the day. TransOptions offered a helmet and bike decorating contest as well, plus gave away free bicycle helmets.
There was no shortage of fun for the fire departments in the county, who enjoyed the Tug O’War Contest, plus the ability to compete for “Best in Show” with their trucks. Frankford and Hardyston Fire Departments each took a prize for those two events.
More prizes were also part of the day for the Sussex County Idol, who was Sparta’s Natalie Torres. Municipalities themselves enjoyed festivities with Sparta sweeping up another prize in the egg toss.
Pie was also on the menu as part of the fun, with Roseline’s Farm & Bakery of Augusta taking the cake for Sussex County’s Best Apple Pie.
And some had chances to sample pie for a good cause, when those samples of pie flew their way. Politicians participated in the “Pie a Politician” event, taking a pie and whipped cream into their eyes for the Chamber Scholarship Fund. Among the participants were: Sussex County Freeholder George Graham, Frankford Township Mayor and Sussex County Freeholder Candidate Gary Larson, Fredon Township Mayor and Sussex County Freeholder Candidate Carl Lazzaro, Sussex County Freeholder Dennis Mudrick, Sussex Borough Mayor and County Freeholder Candidate Jonathan Rose.
During the day additionally, families could enjoy food and the wellness tent from the event’s platinum sponsor, Newton Medical Center. There were games, including a free obstacle course from the Sussex County YMCA, kids could enjoy planting from Lowe’s, Hidden Pastures Alpacas were another highlight of the day, arts and crafts was more of the fun, scavenger and trivia hunts were more things families could partake in, there were geocaching demonstrations, and the dunk tank cooled off those who ending up sinking into the water under the sunny skies.
There were more than 100 businesses and organizations that the event attendees could also visit with at their booths, to round out the day.
Other sponsors included: Eastern Propane, 103.7, 102.3, Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), Sussex Bank, Realty Executives and Project Self-Sufficiency.
The event was free for the public to attend.
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