FREEHOLD, NJ - Call it one of the dog days of summer! On Saturday, July 24, the 36th annual Monmouth County Fair will feature canines who like to work and play hard. First, meet the Wagging Wonders of Monmouth County, volunteers who raise and socialize dogs for The Seeing Eye guide school, as they bring puppies to greet fairgoers at 3:30pm. Then watch working dogs in action during a demonstration by the Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit at 4:45pm. These highly-trained dogs work year round keeping county residents safe.

Wish your dog behaved that well? Then don’t miss the Bayshore Companion Dogs Club as it performs agility and rally demonstrations starting at 6pm. This club can help pet owners learn how to better handle their dogs. It’s time to play at 8:15pm when canine sports take the field.  Doggie teams Release the Hounds will demonstrate flyball, a unique canine sport, while the Yankee Flyer Dog & Disc players enjoy some Frisbee.

The Fair runs Wednesday through Sunday, 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 on Kozloski Road in Freehold Township.  Admission is $7 per person; children 12 and under enter free.  For more information on the Monmouth County Fair, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000.

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.