U.S. Senator Robert Menendez yesterday joined local officials to cut the ribbon on the 2012 Cumberland County Fair, a fair that has attracted thousands over the years for its games, fireworks, and 4-H exhibits. Menendez spoke at the Grand Opening Ceremony about the importance of the agricultural industry to New Jersey's economy. Menendez, an ardent supporter of New Jersey's farming community, helped lead the passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2012 (the "Farm Bill") on June 21, 2012.
"This is what summer in the Garden State is all about: farm animals, fresh produce, and lots of fun. Everyone here had a great time, especially me," said Menendez. "Some people do not realize how important agriculture is to this state, but coming to Cumberland you see that the industry is central to their way of life. From pig races to sheep shearing to pie eating contests, this fair is all about New Jersey farms. Those same farms are feeding this nation and employing thousands of New Jerseyans."
The Cumberland County Fair, known as New Jersey's oldest fair, was first held in 1695. The fair features farm and garden exhibits, free hayrides, home and art exhibits, a pie eating contest, a watermelon eating contest, amusement rides, a comedy show, a golf cart contest, horse and livestock shows and exhibits, pig races, and 2 nights of demolition derby.