New And Old-Fashioned Fun: The Monmouth County Fair

(Photo courtesy George W. Forman)

MONMOUTH COUNTY – The 43rd Annual Monmouth County Fair laid out its goods on the East Freehold Showgrounds this year from July 26 to 30, offering up live music, rides, games, jugglers, animals, and of course, fair food.

Photo by George W. Forman

Although some things have become more modern, the county stuck to its agricultural roots by offering a Living History Tent with quilting, cow milking, butter making, 19th century bread making and banjo music demonstrations.

There were also show rings where Robinson’s Racing Pigs, the Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show performed. Areas were dedicated to the Master Gardeners, Central Jersey Beekeepers Association and Deep Cut Gardens, as well as pottery, rug hooking and woodturning demonstrations.

Photo by George W. Forman

The Fair is presented by the Monmouth County Park system in conjunction with the Monmouth County 4-H, so there were also plenty of 4-H tents with youngsters showing off rabbits, poultry, sheep and livestock.

Entertainment highlights were listening to pop and indie-rock songs by singer Nicole Atkins and comedic relief by Hilby the German Juggler.

Next year’s Monmouth County Fair 2018 is already scheduled for July 25 to 29.

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Sara Grillo served as the Assistant News Editor/Writer at Micromedia Publications in 2017. She has lived in numerous areas within Monmouth and Ocean Counties for the past 9 years. Grillo studied Journalism and Communication Arts at Ramapo College and has held positions in Marketing, Public Relations and Sales prior to writing for Micromedia. She left in October of 2017 to pursue creative writing.