LINCROFT, NJ -  From 11am to 5pm on Sunday, October 17, the Monmouth County Park System will host its annual Thompson Park Day celebration at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

PICTURED – These youngsters take a break and pose during the Scarecrow Building Contest. The contest will once again be part of this year’s Thompson Park Day held on Sunday, October 17 from 11am-5pm at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft.

Activities include the “Amazing Maize Maze,” climbing wall, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, kids races, food, an arts and crafts sale, and, best of all, a scarecrow contest!  The Friends of the Parks will be holding a “Strut Your Mutt” doggie costume contest as well. The following events have been scheduled:

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):

1pm                                                     Magical Shoppe of Wonders

2:30pm                                                “It’s the Wolf!” Puppet Show
4pm                                                     Magic…Tricks and Treats!

Strolling Entertainment:

11am-2pm                                          Animal Balloonist

12noon-4pm                                       Living Statue
1-5pm                                                 Scarecrow Stiltwalker


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 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.