Summer is here and brings with it the Monmouth County Fair. Held at the East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold Township, the Monmouth County Fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 27-31.
Hours for the fair will be 4-11 p.m. July 27-29; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 30; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 31, according to a press release from the county.
The fair features live entertainment, 4-H shows and exhibits, the Monmouth County Park System’s exhibit “Trails, Trees and Tents of Turkey Swamp Park,” opening night fireworks (weather permitting) and more.
Highlights of the fair will include acts such as the Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show; Ready Go Dog Show; the Bwana Jim Wildlife Show; Hilby, The Skinny German Juggle Boy; Robinson’s Racing Pigs; the Raptor Project Birds of Prey; and more.
Main stage entertainment will include performances by the Haven on Wednesday night; the Chuck Lambert Band on Thursday night; Yasgur’s Farm on Friday night; Waiting on Mongo on Saturday night; and Dark City Strings and School of Rock-Red Bank on Sunday.
Fair-goers who are looking for thrills should be sure to check out the rides provided by Campy’s Blue Star Amusements. Ride wristbands and re-loadable ticket cards will be available daily (rides are weather permitting). There will also be plenty of games for fair-goers to try to win a prize, according to the press release.
At the heart of the fair is the Home and Garden Competition. Categories include crafts, needlework, art, photography, vegetables and flowers.
This year, Historic Longstreet Farm is hosting an Outhouse Model Competition. Details for individual categories and the Outhouse Model Competition are available in the Home and Garden brochure, available online at www.MonmouthCountyFair.com
After judging has taken place, entries will remain on display in the Home and Garden tent.
General admission to the Monmouth County Fair is $8 per adult. Children 17 and under are admitted free at all times. On Sunday, individuals age 65 and older and active military personnel with an ID card will be admitted free.
The fair is presented by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in cooperation with the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 4-H Association.
Follow the Monmouth County Park System on social media. Upcoming fair contests will be announced on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, offering an opportunity to win admission tickets and more.
For the most current information about the fair, visit www.MonmouthCountyFair.com or call 732-842-4000. For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.