State Fair Meadowlands Announces First-Ever Photo Contest

EAST RUTHERFORD – State Fair Meadowlands will hold its first-ever photo contest, sponsored by Rite Aid, at the fair this year, from June 22 through July 8 at the New Meadowlands Fairgrounds, next to the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford. Fairgoers are invited to bring their cameras and mobile phones to capture their best moments – riding rides, playing games, attending spectacular shows, or devouring delicious fair food. Categories will be Food, Entertainment, and Rides & Attractions.

The contest will take place the entire length of the fair, with three rounds of judging on June 25, July 2 and July 10. Entrants can email photos, in JPEG format, to Submissions must contain photographer’s name, hometown, phone number and email address to be considered. Participants must be 18 or older to submit photos, or have consent from a parent or guardian to register. Each household may submit only three photos per category.

There will be several winners throughout the three rounds of judging, but only one Grand Prize winner for the 2012 fair. For the three rounds of judging, photographers can compete for category prizes, including first place and honorable mention.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Rite Aid gift card valued at $200. First place winners from each category will receive a Rite Aid gift card valued at $50. Honorable mentions will receive Rite Aid gift card valued at $40. There can only be one winner per household.

Winning photographs will be posted on State Fair Meadowlands’ Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pintrest, blog and Flickr pages, and could appear on future fair billboards. Once submitted, photos become the property of State Fair. For a copy of the contest rules, visit

“State Fair Meadowlands is a colorful, magical event that people of all ages attend year after year with family and friends,” said Michele Tartaglione, managing director of State Fair Meadowlands. “The First Annual ‘Fun at the Fair’ photo contest is a great way to capture and celebrate the joy and excitement that both children and adults experience at the event — on rides, playing games, watching shows and indulging in our broad array of food delights.”

State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with over 150 rides and attractions occupying over 35 acres of fairgrounds plus parking. This year’s fair features thrilling rides, free entertainment – including the Live Shark Encounter, the Big Cat Show, Racing Pigs and Circus Maximus – and acres and acres of food vendors. The fair holds two spectacular fireworks shows, on July 3 and 4.

Special discounts and promotions include opening Dollar Night, Kids Go Free Night, Midnight Madness, Cheap Cheap Night and Patron Appreciation Day. Advance discount tickets will be available at Walgreens from mid-May until June 21, for adult, child and Mega Pass tickets (admission and unlimited rides). Admission and Mega Pass tickets are not valid opening night. Fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Fridays from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to midnight. Special hours on July 3 are 4:00 pm to 2:00 am, and on July 4, 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. On Friday, June 22, opening night, gates open at 4 p.m.

This year, the fair is offering free parking Monday through Wednesday and just $4 all other days, including July 4. On June 22, opening night, parking is just $1. Visit for more information.

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