County FAIR The 42nd Monmouth County Fair, sponsored by the Monmouth County Park System and the Monmouth County 4-H
Association, runs July 26 through 30 in the East Freehold Park Showgrounds, 1500 Kozloski Road, in Freehold. With rides
for the kids, entertainment, stunt shows, fireworks, pie-eating contests, classic cars, a variety of delicious food and snack
vendors and competitions for best vegetables, baked goods, crafts quilts, and more, the fair offers old-fashioned fun for the
whole family. Check www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000 for information.
Freehold Raceway I8
Rt. 9 and Business Rt. 33, Freehold
732-462-3800 | www.freeholdraceway.com
Established in 1853, the nation’s oldest and fastest daytime
half-mile harness-racing track features live standardbred
harness races for trotters and pacers, August through early
June. The raceway is open year-round for thoroughbred and
harness racing simulcasts.
The Shore’s Greatest Stretch P6
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport
732-222-5100 | www.monmouthpark.com
Monmouth Park Racetrack, a Jersey Shore tradition since 1870,
is your best bet for family entertainment. Racing May through
September, Monmouth Park offers fun and excitement for the
Summer’s biggest race is the $1,000,000 Haskell Invitational, which
played host to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 and
will be run this year on Sunday, July 30.
In addition to world-class thoroughbred racing, Monmouth Park is
host to a number of can’t-miss events such as the Jersey Shore
Food Truck Festival held every Memorial Day weekend. Celebrate
the end of summer at Labor Day Weekend’s BBQ & Craft Beer
Festival. Every Sunday in between is FREE Family Fun Day, featuring
clowns, face painters, pony rides, a bounce house and live music!
Monmouth Park’s one-of-a-kind picnic area features over 100
first-come, first-served tables each and every day. So bring your
friends, bring your family, and get ready for the most fun you’ll
have all summer!
Take NJ TRANSIT to the track any live racing day.
For a complete schedule of dates and events, visit
Drive along the rolling back roads of Colts Neck, Howell,
Freehold and the more rural Millstone, Upper Freehold
and Allentown, and you will see spacious fields, barns and
stables and the magnificent colts and fillies of Monmouth
County’s beautiful horse country. Several farms in the
area offer visitors the opportunity to ride, and equine
enthusiasts will want to visit Horse Park of New Jersey, a
unique competition venue in rural Upper Freehold. In the
summer, look for The Monmouth County Horse Show, the
annual competition that has run yearly since the late 19th
century, except for a brief period during World War II.
Photo by Monmouth County Park System
Photo courtesy of Monmouth Park