5 Unique Events at the Jersey Shore July 19-25 Fair, Orchids, Polo & More

I filled a whole page in my legal pad with events down the shore this week. Hand cramp aside, I decided to pick 5 unique events and blog them out in this post. Then I’ll organize and incorporate everything else in a second post, the challenge being to get them both done today (yeah, that’s never going to happen).  In a quick summary we  have the Monmouth County Fair starting Wednesday, Family Night out at Sandy Hook, the Shore Orchid  Festival, The Sperry Cup Polo Match and the Haskell Classic Car Show.

Monmouth County Fair in NJLet’s start from the top. The 36th annual Monmouth County Fair will be held July 21-25, 2010  on the East Freehold Show Grounds. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the fair times are 5:00pm to 11:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday 11:00am to 6:00pm. Kids and teens and adults will take delight in the variety of amusement park rides and games available, as well as fireworks shows at night. Also on-site are a number of events and competitions, including the annual Pie Eating Contest, Home and Garden Competition, and the Antique and Classic Car Show. Two shows to catch in particular are the Timberworks Lumberjack Show, an incredibly flashy show of chain saws on wood, and Robinson’s Racing Pigs, a particularly popular show that brings the excitement of racetrack fun in the form of cute little pigs. Other features include Motor Sports Night, Circus Nights, Antique & Classic Car Show, Opening Night fireworks, stunt biking, music, food, and more! For complete information, directions and a day by day schedule click on the Monmouth County Fair link above.

Learn all about the ocean and beach at Family Night at historic Sandy Hook with the American Littoral Society on Thursday, July 22. Close encounters with the coast – seining, walking, exploring, and talking. Educational fun for the entire family. For families with children aged 5 – 12. Find out exactly how much life there is below the water line. Pull a seine net to see what you can find. Use a plankton net to and our field microscopes to see what”s not visible to the naked eye. Fun and learning for families. Kids should wear bathing suits and protective foot gear. Feel free to picnic on the grounds beforehand. Advance registration is required. Groups are kept small for maximum enjoyment so register now. $10 per Member Family and $25 per non-member family.

The Shore Orchid FestivalThe first annual Shore Orchid Festival will be on July 23 to 25th at Silva Orchids on 635 Wayside Road in Neptune.  There will be a number of different orchid vendors, food and even a chocolatier.  Lectures and workshops on Saturday and Sunday will cover orchids for the novice on up to the advanced grower/collector. Festival hours will be 10:00am to 5:00pm daily. Admission and parking are free and the event will happen rain or shine and will be tented.

The Haskell Classic Car Show rolls into Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 25, 2010 with over 150 golden oldies on display. Meander through rows of cars from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and more! As part of the Classic Car Show tradition, Big Joe Henry will be broadcasting his NJ 101.5 Favorite Hits Radio Show LIVE. Gates open 11:30 am, first race 12:50 pm. Grandstand admission is just $3 and grants access to the Car Show. Car Show Participants: A limited number of cars are accepted for this show. Rain Date: Sunday, August 8.  Can’t make the car show? Log-on to www.NJDiscover.com for Live Streaming Video 12 – 3 pm with host Frank Dicopolous (CBS’s The Guiding Light) and Monmouth Park’s own Jacquie Dalton.

I thought this event was super cool. I did not know there was a polo club in the area and I’ve always wanted to go to a polo match, not to mention stomp divots. Sunday, July 25, 2010 the Polo Club of Colts Neck will host The Sperry Cup at Bucks Mill Recreational Park on Buck Mill Road in Colts Neck. The SLS Jets will be taking on the Chicago Carriage Cab Co. at 4:00pm. There is a polo match every Sunday this summer.  Comped Wine bar and light fare served at the Hospitality Tent. Tailgating is welcome, too. Divot stomp during half time and stay for a post match party with the players after the final Chukker.  This Sunday is ‘Best Hat Contest’ and there will be prizes! There is free parking and free admission.

I’ll be posting more events tomorrow for this week, there really is a lot going on. If you have ever attended any of the above events and have any advice or stories based on your experiences, please leave them in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you.  As always if you are traveling in from out-of-town, we’d love to meet you and have you stay with us at the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank.


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