Monmouth County government to offer information on services and more 

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County government is ramping up its presence at the 2011 Monmouth County Fair with a new “Touch A Truck” event during all five days of the fair, which is held at East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozloski Road.

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Fairgoers will have an opportunity to see and touch an excavator, road sweeper, bucket truck and a dump truck outfitted with a snowplow. Children will be able to try on some public works safety vests and helmets and control traffic signals as part of this interactive display of equipment.

Monmouth County is proud of the variety of services it provides to the community,” Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton said. “The county fair is a great way for residents to look at what we do, how we do it, and meet some of the county staff. I urge all residents to go to the county fair and meet with county staff and pick up the latest information on the services available to them.”

To further advance the theme “Monmouth County, The Place You Want to Be,” the county will staff a booth in the main vendor tent area. At the booth will be resources from the most county departments including: Consumer Affairs, Health, Human Services, Brookdale Community College, Care Centers, Workforce Development, Library System, Fire Academy and Public Information.

Among the departments providing timely and useful information will be:

  • Health Department staff will test children’s toys for lead on Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. as part of an on-going awareness effort to prevent lead poisoning in children.
  • Mosquito Extermination Commission will show how to make your backyard mosquito free.
  • Sheriff’s officers will be enrolling children in the “Youth Identification Program,” preparing wallet-sized cards with a photo ID of the child. The child’s parents or guardian maintains complete control of the card, but it can be given to local first responders in an emergency to aid in the rapid location and safe return of the child.

“We’re very excited about the ‘Touch a Truck’ feature at the Public Works and Engineering exhibit,” Freeholder Deputy Director John P. Curley said. “People see county vehicles all over the county, but here they can see them up close and find out how they work. It gives our young people a chance to experience what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of some of our heavy duty equipment.”

From the hills of Atlantic Highlands to the Manasquan River at the southern tip, and from the westernmost reaches of Allentown to the shoreline in Asbury Park, Monmouth County offers its residents a diversity of lifestyles, quality health and education systems, thousands of acres of open space and permanently preserved farmland and the largest lending library system in the state.

The Monmouth County Fair is a family fun event that brings the community together to compete as amateur crafters, gardeners and bakers and to enjoy some great stage entertainment such as the Klezmer Dispensers, dance troupes Illstyle & Peace and Alo Brasil, country music performer Sherry Lynn and the Silver Starlight Orchestra. There’s also an array of rides, games of chance and food.

Presented by the county Park System in cooperation with the county 4-H Association, the Fair maintains the agricultural nature of a traditional county fair with its Home and Garden Competition, petting farm and 4-H animal shows and exhibits.

The fair is an opportunity for the Park System and the 4-H Association to showcase themselves,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Park System. “Residents get to see chickens, rabbits, pigs, goats, sheep, cows and horses up close. Most of the animals are cared for by the youth of the 4-H Association who take responsibility for the animals year round. These youngsters represent the future and viability of our agricultural community – we should all support their efforts.”

The county’s agricultural heritage also comes alive in the county’s Historic Services tent. Each fair day, staff and volunteers from Historic Longstreet Farm and Historic Walnford hold demonstrations showing daily activities of turn-of-the-century farm life in Monmouth County.  

“This is a great way for residents to see up close what it was like to have lived on a farm in Monmouth County many years ago,” Freeholder Amy A. Mallet said. “The fair reminds us of an earlier time in the county and helps us enjoy some truly great American pastimes – blue ribbons, a pie-eating contest and amusement rides.”

“Even if residents do not make it to the county booth at the fair, they can always access many of the same resources on the county’s Web site,” Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone said. “The Web site provides 24-hour access to county information and services.”

The Fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 27 to 31. The Fair gate is open 5 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The Fair is held at East Freehold Park Showgrounds on Kozloski Road, between Routes 33 and 537 in Freehold Township. Admission is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are free at all times. For more information on the Monmouth County fair, visit www.visitmonmouth.com or call 732-842-4000.