No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you, and this isn’t a doctored photo. ?You are in fact looking some dude “carving” sculptures of turkeys and bears with a chainsaw, while kids are riding an elephant in the background. ?Welcome to New Jersey.
Specifically, welcome to the New Jersey State Fair, also known as the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show, held every fall. ?Indeed, most people who don’t live in NJ think the place is only smokestacks, garbage dumps and Mafia families. ?But believe it or not, we actually have trees and plants! ?And Farms! ?With real animals!
This fair actually melds a lot of different state pastimes together: old style carnival rides and attractions, “shore food” (even though it’s not near the shore), and agriculture. This is the place where all the city slickers and suburbanites can see the more rural side of the state.
There was also plenty of random stuff too. There were robots (yes, robots!). there was an old beekeeper who kept getting stung by his very angry bees. And various random but interesting farm equipment.
Lots of additional photos of random events at the 2009 fair appear after the jump…