LINCROFT--  From 11am to 5pm on Sunday, October 16, the Monmouth County Park System will host its annual Thompson Park Day celebration at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.  Free activities include entertainment, the corn maze, archery, canoeing (12noon-4pm, weather permitting), worm races, pottery demonstrations, golf evaluations and kids’ races. Activities requiring a ticket (each ticket costs $2) are pumpkin painting, ceramic painting, the climbing wall, wagon rides, inflatable rides, video game trailer and a 4-D movie experience. A scarecrow contest will be held from 11am to 4pm. Entries are $15 in advance or $20 the day of event. The Friends of the Parks will be holding a “Strut Your Mutt” doggie costume contest as well. Applications and details for both the scarecrow and “Strut Your Mutt” contests are available online at

These youngsters are having a blast during the Scarecrow Building Contest. The contest will once again be part of this year’s Thompson Park Day held on Sunday, October 16 from 11am-5pm at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

The day’s schedule is as follows:

Kids’ Races:

Diaper Derby:
(Crawlers)                                           12 noon, 2pm, 4pm

Tot Trot:

(Walkers to 17 mos.)                      11:45am, 2:45pm, 3:45pm

(18 to 23 mos.)                                  11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm

(2 to 3 yrs.)                                         11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 3:15pm, 4:15pm

Pee Wee Run:
(4 to 6 yrs.)                                         12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm

Sack Races:

(7 to 8 yrs.)                                         1pm, 3pm

(9 to 10 yrs.)                                       1:45pm, 4:45pm


Stage Entertainment (in the Theatre Barn):

11:45am                                                               Music with Miss Sherri
1pm                                                                       Snakes of Monmouth County

1:45pm                                                                 The Cirque-tacular Magic of Day

3pm                                                                       Snakes of Monmouth County

4:15pm                                                                 Ollie’s Halloween Adventures


Strolling Entertainment:

11am-2pm                                                          Musical Minstrels

12noon-4pm                                                      Macaroni Anne Cheeze
1-5pm                                                                   Scarecrow Stiltwalker

2-5pm                                                                   Balloon Twister

Admission and parking are free.  For more information about Thompson Park Day or any other Park System­ event, visit or call (732) 842-4000.  For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711. The Monmouth County Park System, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks, and Recreation agency.