For 2010 Monmouth County Fair

FREEHOLD, NJ – Do you think you bake the best cookies, grow the biggest and juiciest tomatoes, or make the most creative crafts in your neighborhood?  You may have what it takes to earn a blue ribbon in the 2010 Monmouth County Fair Home & Garden Competition. So gather up your best needlepoint, knitting, and craft creations and get ready to enter them in this year’s competition.  Keep that blue ribbon in mind as you pick eggplant, peppers, and herbs.  Ceramics, dolls, jewelry or creations in wood could demonstrate just how versatile you or your neighbors are. And, your painting, drawing, or photograph could be the fine arts highlight of this year’s Monmouth County Fair.

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Display of floral entries at 2009 Monmouth County Fair

The Monmouth County Park System will be accepting entries of art, photos, crafts, honey, needlework, and canned goods on Sunday, July 18 from 10am to 3pm and on Monday, July 19 from 9am to 12noon. Entries from Senior Centers will be accepted on Monday during those times and on Tuesday, July 20 from 9am-12noon. Flower, plant, and vegetable entries should be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Friday, July 23 from 8am to 11am. Baked goods should be delivered to the Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 24 from 8am to 11am.

After judging, the winning entries in the 2010 Home & Garden Competition can be seen at the 36th Annual Monmouth County Fair. For information about how to enter the Home & Garden Competition or to request a brochure, visit  www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000, ext. 4217.

The Monmouth County Fair runs from July 21-25.  The Fair gate is open 5pm to 11pm on Wednesday, July 21; Thursday, July 22; and Friday, July 23; 11am to 11pm on Saturday, July 24; and 11am to 6pm on Sunday, July 25 at East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold Township.  Admission to the Fair is $7 per person. Children 12 and under are free at all times.

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.