For the first time ever, State Fair Meadowlands will host the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum, 1,000-squarefeet of interactive exhibits.
The museum includes a denim jacket belonging to Jon Bon Jovi, a Les Paul guitar, a Thomas Edison incandescent light bulb and a journal that belonged to Bruce Springsteen. The journal is an interactive replica that allows visitors to turn pages and see Bruce’s handwritten lyrics to “Jungleland,” “Born to Run” and other songs.
The fair runs from June 19 through July 5 outside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
The New Jersey Hall of Fame honors citizens who have made invaluable contributions to society and the world beyond. Since 2008, 80 notable people from 15 fields have been inducted, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Jack Nicholson, Susan Sarandon, Toni Morrison, Thomas Edison, Frankie Valli, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Tony Bennett, Queen Latifah, Carl Lewis, Yogi Berra and many more.
The mobile museum is designed to help put a face and place on the role iconic New Jersey residents play in shaping the global social, scientific, economic, cultural and political communities.
“Through the power of images, artifacts, film and a suite of interactive tools, New Jersey’s leaders and legends are made accessible to every curious imagination,” said Michele Tartaglione, managing director of State Fair Meadowlands.
The fair also includes several live concerts, an open-air performance by daredevil acrobats and aerialists, racing pigs, a petting zoo, a performance by a hypnotist and more.
Aside from entertainment, the fair also features more than 50 white-knuckle rides and plenty of rides to please every child. Food vendors from around the country will cook up Italian, Greek, Mexican, American foods and more.
On June 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Fair Meadowlands welcomes the NBC 4 and Telemundo 47 Health & Fitness Expo. This free expo will be held inside the stadium — side by side with State Fair Meadowlands — and will feature locker room tours, the opportunity to walk the 50- yard line, autograph sessions, health screenings, fitness and cooking demos, yoga, a family fun zone and an opportunity to meet sports anchor Bruce Beck.
Fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to midnight; Fridays, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. to midnight. On opening Dollar Night, June 19, the fair is open 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; on Friday, July 3, the fair is open 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; on Saturday, July 4, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Parking is free Monday through Wednesday, and $5 Thursdays through Sundays. Opening night, parking is just $2. Shuttle buses from/ to Secaucus Junction will be available. Visit www.njfair.com for information about the event, bargain days and to buy advance tickets.