Every year Space Farms has 1023 WSUS over to do a live broadcast at one of their special days. Usually we do a live broadcast at Junior Zookeepers Day (which is Saturday July 22nd) but this year there's a special event for their 90th anniversary and that's where I'll be this Saturday (July 8th) broadcasting live from 11 to 1.
Over 35 years ago when I started my broadcasting career I always imagined my career would take me to a big city somewhere. Of course, that's not how my life worked out because Sussex County made me realize how much a city boy could love living in the country.
Space Farms is one of those places that makes Sussex County so special. It's the oldest family attraction in the State of New Jersey still owned and operated by the original family. Ralph and Elizabeth Space started with only 1/4 acre in downtown Beemerville in 1927. Today Space Farms Zoo and Museum features over 500 animals and 50,000 artifacts: including 50 antique cars, early American tools, farm equipment and even horse drawn sleighs.
Getting to know the Space Family has been a great experience for me. Over the years I've had Lori in the WSUS studio numerous times with her baby animals. I'll always remember how small Tiger Lily was when she visited us. Parker comes on the radio for Ground Hog Day. He has also taken me into the snake pit several times during my live broadcasts at Space Farms. Last year Parker and Jill's son Hunter took me along to feed the lions and tigers. Parker and Lori's dad Fred Space still greets Space Farms visitors and shares his stories, wisdom and knowledge. Congratulations to a family that makes me feel like family. Here are some of my favorite Space Farms memories so far.