MANASQUAN – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced the start of the 2018 summer tourism season.
Joining the Freeholders on Manasquan Beach for the announcement were Manasquan Mayor Ed Donovan, Paul Wolf, manager of Leggett’s Sand Bar in Manasquan, Mary Brabazon, director of Belmar Tourism and Margaret Mass, director of the Red Bank Visitor Center
“Monmouth County is the perfect place to spend time or vacation in the summer and we are ready to welcome visitors,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Public Information and Tourism Division. “We have miles of beautiful beaches, a variety of parks and historic sites, events and festivals, and towns that provide excellent shopping and dining experiences.”
Last year, tourism brought in $2.5 billion to the county through food, accommodations, recreation and entertainment, transportation and second homes. Last year’s tourism revenue saw an increase of $65 million, or 2.6 percent, from 2016.
Monmouth County has approximately 6 million visits each year.
“Nine percent of our local workforce works in tourism directly or indirectly,” said Freeholder Director Arnone.
During the event, Freeholder Director Arnone announced the winners of the Monmouth County Summer Kick-off poster contest. The winners were third-graders from Manasquan Elementary School:
- First Place: Shuxiang Ni
- Second Place: Patrick Priest
- Third Place: Ella Jackwicz
Don’t miss out on some of the upcoming events in Monmouth County for summer 2018 including:
- Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park: May 26-28
- Ocean Grove Giant Spring Flea Market: June 2
- Civil War Encampment and Concert at Allaire Village: June 2-3
- OceanFest in Long Branch: July 4
- Haskell Invitational Race Monmouth Park: July 29
- Monmouth County Fair in Freehold: July 25-29
- Ocean Township Italian Festival: August 8-12
You can find the full list of Monmouth County events at VisitMonmouth.com. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MonmouthSummer to share summer fun on social media!