Food Drive Held on Saturday, July 24

FREEHOLD, NJ -  While it’s usually fun and games at the Monmouth County Fair, this year residents are invited to join the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 4-H Association in helping local families in need by contributing to a Food and Fund Drive to benefit the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Boxed and canned non-perishable food items and monetary donations will be collected at the Fair Front Gate on Saturday, July 24. The goal is to collect 50,000 lbs of food in honor of the Park System’s 50th Anniversary! Please no glass items.

A favorite family summer tradition, the Monmouth County Fair runs five days with each day having a theme. The dates and times as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 21 (Opening Night & MotorSports Night)– 5 to 11pm
  • Thursday, July 22 (Circus Night)– 5 to 11pm
  • Friday, July 23 (Circus Night)– 5 to 11pm
  • Saturday, July 24 (Children’s Day)– 11am to 11pm
  • Sunday, July 25 (Seniors’ Day)–  11am to 6pm

Highlights of the Fair include rides, pie-eating contests, lumberjack shows, free stage entertainment, home & garden competitions and exhibitions, children’s games, firemen’s competition, pig races and an antique auto/classic car show. There will be three sessions of pay-one-price amusement rides with Ride Wristbands ($18.00 each session) available on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The Monmouth County Fair will be held at the East Freehold Park Showgrounds on Kozloski Road between Routes 33 and 537 in Freehold Township.  General admission is $7.00 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free at all times.  For the most current information about the Monmouth County Fair, visit or call (732) 842-4000.  For persons with hearing impairment, the TTY/TDD number is 711.

The Monmouth County Fair is organized and presented by the Monmouth County Park System in cooperation with the Monmouth County 4-H Association. The Monmouth County Park System is celebrating its golden anniversary of keeping the county green and livable, since the Board of Chosen Freeholders created the first county park in 1960. Today, the Park System has grown to over 30 sites totaling more than 14,500 acres and offers approximately 4,000 recreation programs and activities, making it the perfect place to come outside and play.