mcps fair dog showPHOTO: See Mutts Gone Nuts at the Monmouth County Fair.

FREEHOLD, NJ – Looking for some fun and excitement? Head to the Monmouth County Fair! Held Wednesday-Sunday, July 25-29, at East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold, this event features rides, opening night fireworks, live musical entertainment, Home and Garden Competitions, 4-H shows and exhibits, and much more. Highlights of this year’s event include Wheel of Destiny, Great Hula Hoop, Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show, Red Mustang Robo Car and Hilby the Skinny German Juggling Boy.

There will be plenty of returning favorites including Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Mutts Gone Nuts. Once again Bwana Jim will bring his unique collection of snakes, gators and exotic creatures for an educational and high-spirited show. Then be sure to catch the racing pigs as they compete for a cookie amid cheers and squeals from the crowd. The high jinx continues when the high-energy canine performers of Mutts Gone Nuts delight audiences of all ages with their antics. Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs and Mutts Gone Nuts will be at the Fair all five nights.

Once again, the Fair rides are provided by Reithoffer Shows and will feature a separate Kids Zone Ride Area that’s perfect for younger children. Families and little ones will enjoy the Circus Train, Bumble Bees, Wiggle Worm and more. Those looking for excitement should check out the Tango, Sky Flyer and Orbiter.

Be sure to get your fill of rides by taking advantage of ride wristbands. Available daily, these wristbands allow fairgoers to enjoy unlimited rides on any one day. Ride wristbands can be purchased online at Reithoffer Shows’ website (www.reithoffershows.com) for $25 each. Online sales end July 24. Wristbands will also be available for purchase at the Fair for $25 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday; and $30 on Friday and Saturday. Single ride tickets will also be available daily. Please note that rides are weather permitting.

The Fair gate is open 5-11 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday, July 25-27; 3-11 p.m. on Saturday, July 28; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. Admission is $8 per person. Children age 12 and under are free.

Be sure to follow the Monmouth County Park System on social media. Upcoming Fair contests will be announced on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, offering an opportunity to win admission tickets and more. For more information about the Fair, visit www.MonmouthCountyFair.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, created in 1960 by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, is Monmouth County’s Open Space, Parks and Recreation agency.