from: The Hub
Modern technology is slowly supplanting simple outdoor fun, such as old-fashioned country fairs, with their carnival midways, cotton candy and corndog food booths, livestock, pie contests and pig races. Luckily, throughout New Jersey, you can enjoy this experience that will essentially transport you back in time.
Loads of local festivals take place throughout the state on any given weekend in the summer, but the county agricultural and 4-H (www.nj4h.rutgers.edu) fairs have mass appeal.
As a resident of Monmouth County, we checked out the expansive Monmouth County Fair (July 25-29) in Freehold Township a few years ago. I can attest that the varied roster of activities seemed endless, with several unusual events happening simultaneously. I remember we had a great day here, and it catered to children and toddlers alike.
Featured this year are Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, Robinson’s Racing Pigs, equestrian extreme show, petting farm, climbing wall, BMX stunt show, skateboarding stunt show, birds of prey, inflatables, Seeing Eye puppy training, antique auto show, Frisbee dogs and carnival rides. Admission is $7 for those 12 and older, with free parking.
Here’s a round-up of New Jersey’s other county fairs.