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A Day of Learning @ State Fair Grounds

On May 2, 2021 the Fairgrounds facilities will be transformed into “classrooms” for the day, offering 15 unique lectures on a variety of topics presented by experienced and captivating instructors (some you may even know!) This is an ALL-VOLUNTEER effort to support the Fairgrounds and other community organizations. Please join us!

The day will be divided into 3 time periods. Five individual classes will be taught during each time period. Attendees ("students') will select one of the 5 classes offered each period, for a total of 3 classes. In addition, students can attend the Bonus Class / Keynote Speaker presentation after the conclusion of the three class periods.

Following the Bonus Class, students will receive their A Day of Learning Certificate at the Graduation Ceremony. The Certificate serves as an acknowledgement of the completion of the classes as well as a receipt for their tax deductible contribution.*

There will be breaks in between classes and a lunch period when snacks and pre-ordered lunches can be enjoyed. (See below).

The Schedule

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Session 1

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 3

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bonus Class / Keynote Speaker

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Graduation Ceremonies with Emcee Raymond Cordts
Including coffee, water, soda and wine sold by the glass

The Classes

Classes will be held at the Fairgrounds at 5 different facilities: The Richards Building, Farm Fun Building, The Conservatory, The Shotwell Building, and the Administration Building.

Class Title


It's No Cliché - Where There's a Will There's a Way

Find out what it takes to be prepared

Elenora L. Benz, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Living Life 2.0

A Road Map for Life After 50

Pat Bohse

Senior Services Expert - Speaker

Seeing Eyes With Wet Noses

Learn how a Seeing Eye Inc. trained puppy develops into a guide for the blind

Suzanne Boland

Seeing Eye Volunteer

Historical Parallels to Contemporary Issues

We're told we're living through unprecedented times. But are we?

Jennifer Faliveno Boyle

MAT - Teacher

The Future of Technology

Emerging Trends

Robert Boyle

CEO of Planet Networks

Grow Your Own / Canning 101 (part 1)

Vegetable gardening basics and growing beautiful Jersey Tomatoes

Erin Lee Collins

SCCC Supervisor of Agriculture Business & Horticulture Science​

You Are What You Eat

Surviving and thriving in a nutrient deficient society

Kendrya Close

Executive Director, Foodshed Alliance

The Art of Persuasion and Effective Negotiations

Learn the secret formula to obtaining excellent negotiation results

Lawrence D. Eichen, Esq.

Attorney at Law - Speaker

The Trails of Sussex County

You'll be surprised what's in your backyard!

Rocky Gott

State Park Superintendent (Retired)

Let's Chat Wine

A quest to match people with wine

Jon Hartlage

Wine Expert and Mixologist

Grow Your Own / Canning 101 (part 2)

Basics of food preservation

Neil Nederfield

Certified Food Processor​

Keeping Our Families Safe

Knowledge can make all the difference

Walter J. O'Neill, Jr.

Certified School Safety Specialist​

Financial Health for Better Health

What does it mean to be financially healthy?

Steven V. Oroho


Beginning Genealogy

Growing Your Family Tree

Elyse Ross


"December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy"

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

Heidi Amelia-Anne Weber, Ph.D.

Professor of Military History/History at SUNY: Orange

Photography Beyond Celebrations

Capturing Your World in Pictures

Rob Yaskovic


Diet Trends

Separating Fact from Fiction

Trish Zecca

MS Nutrition Expert

Each class will last 1.5 hours:

  • Presentation (part 1) - 30 minutes
  • Intermission - 10 minutes
  • Presentation (part 2) - 30 minutes
  • Audience Q&A - 20 minutes

Tuition Contribution*

$100/per person includes 3 classes, one Bonus Class, and A Day of Learning Certificate.

Snack and Lunch Options—Coffee and hot drinks will be sold by the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville. Pre-made, packaged sandwiches as well as water, soda, beer and wine by the glass will be sold by the Branchville Rotary Foundation. Sandwiches must be ordered in advance at the time of Registration. Beverages will be for sale on the day of event.

Event Proceeds

Your tax deductible contributions will support the following organizations:

  • The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association
  • The Branchville Rotary Foundation
  • The First Presbyterian Church of Branchville

Thank you for your contributions!*

COVID-19 Precautions

The Sussex County Fairgrounds follows all mandated precautions and directives of the Sussex County Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health. Students, attendees, and volunteers will not be permitted inside classrooms without wearing masks. Class sizes will not exceed the current restrictions and surfaces will be sanitized in between classes. The Sussex County Farm and Horse Show Association reserves the right to implement additional safety procedures including but not limited to taking temperatures and requesting a signed statement indicating that the student is healthy, symptom free and has not been exposed to anyone with the virus within a specified time frame. Additionally, attendees with apparent symptoms may be asked to leave the facilities. 

Should the NJ COVID-19 restrictions change prior to May 2, 2021, the A Day of Learning event health and safety procedures will be modified per the guidelines determined by the Sussex County Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health.


If A Day of Learning is postponed due to weather or new COVID-19 precautions, students (attendees) will be notified with as much advanced notice as possible. Tickets will be honored at a rescheduled A Day of Learning event held later in 2021; or if desired, ticket holders may contribute the cost of tuition (and/or pre-ordered food purchase) as a tax deductible donation to benefit organizations sponsoring this event. In the event that A Day of Learning is postponed, students will be contacted with more details.

*The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association, Inc., Branchville Rotary Foundation, and the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville are not-for-profit entities recognized by the IRS as 501 (c)(3) organizations. The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Association receives no funding from state/local government. "A Day of Learning" contributions and food purchases from the organizations listed above are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations for Charitable Donations.

Event Properties

Event Date 05-02-2021 8:00 am
Individual Price $100.00
Location Sussex County Fairgrounds

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