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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The State Fair preview: A giant-size fair where Giants Stadium used to be


June 24, 2011

By Amy Kuperinsky/The Star-Ledger

Big cats, big bats and things besides bumper cars that go bump in the night. Plus, what should be one really big cake.
All are set to descend upon the State Fair Meadowlands, which is marking its 25th year in business. Expect 35 acres of fair, with more than 150 rides, games and attractions.
Michele Tartaglione, the fair's managing director, estimates that 389,000 people will visit the fair this year.
"The top two attendance days for us are always opening night and July 4," says Tartaglione, who expects an especially big showing for this year's July 4 weekend since the holiday falls on a Monday. For sparser crowds, she recommends trying weekdays.




A scene from The State Fair at the Meadowlands.

While other roller coasters might provide more thrills, a perennial favorite is the Crazy Mouse, a spinning roller coaster, says Tartaglione. Another popular ride is the docile Gondola Wheel, a Ferris wheel that can seat up to six per car. There are more than 25 rides for kids, including nostalgia fixtures such as the merry-go-round, Go Gators and the Bumblebee. Another popular children's ride is Rock N Tug, a tugboat ride.

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