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Local Families Invited to Back-to-School Fair

  Parents and children are invited to get ready for the new school year by attending Project Self-Sufficiency ’s annual Back-to-School Fair, August 17 th , 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.   Students can receive free backpacks stuffed with new school supplies and enjoy games and activities while parents access the community resources they need to prepare for the upcoming year.   Refreshments including pizza and popcorn will be provided.   The musical duo Exit 12, featuring Craig Evans and Brian Kathenes, will be on hand to entertain families.   The annual event is hosted by the Journey Family Success Center and Project Sussex Kids , the Sussex County Council for Young Children, at Project Self-Sufficiency. This year, the festive event is open to the public, but advance registration is required for admittance.   Throughout the afternoon, the Newton Volunteer First Aid & Rescue Squad will offer tours of their ambulance and give first aid tips to children and families.   Project Self-Sufficien
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Community Leader and Sparta Dentist Team Up to Send Low-Income Kids to the Fair

  Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Association Executive Board member Lois Pellow has teamed up with Sparta dentist Dr. Scott Ruvo to offer New Jersey State Fair tickets to 50 local, low-income children.   The duo is working with non-profit agency Project Self-Sufficiency to identify children in need who would enjoy a trip to the annual event hosted by the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey.   In addition to the fair gate ticket, kids will receive a gift bag containing a meal voucher from the Agriculture Food Booth, ice cream voucher from the 4-H Dairy Barn, and a ticket for a free ride from the carnival provided by Reithoffer Shows.   The New Jersey State Fair will open on Friday, August 5 th , 5:00 p.m.   Regular hours of operation will be Saturday, August 6th - Saturday, August 13th, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.   Additional donations are being solicited at $27 per person; contact Lois Pellow at to help “Send a Kid to the Fair.”   “So many f