Visitors enjoy the annual Quaker Friendly Fair

Visitors browed the offerings at the annual Friendly Fare. CHRISTIN NICE / THE COAST STAR

MANASQUAN — Every summer for more than a half century, the members of the Manasquan Quaker Meeting hold an annual Friendly Fair the second Saturday of July.

A longstanding tradition along the New Jersey shore, the fair entered its 61st year on July 8, continuing its history of being part antique market, part flea market, part baked-goods sale and much more.

Organizers said the fair has become a staple in the community that many residents, full-time and summer visitors, love and enjoy.

“A lot of the community knows that we’re here. They have gotten used to the date, or they come in for the live music or the food or the baked goods,” volunteer Thomas Roe said.

“We have customers that have been coming back for 10 or 11 years so it has made an impact and everyone loves to come back to see what new and exciting things we have.”

From hand-crafted items, antiques, household and kitchen accessories, electronics, books and DVD’s, jewelry, tools and toys to a bluegrass band for entertainment, hot food and games, there is something for attendees of all ages to enjoy at the fair.

“We were lured here by the baked goods,” local Liz Poole, who walked around with her husband Martin, joked. “We have come for a few years and it is always great. It is really nice to have the live music and the baked goods, plus the others things are always so interesting.

“The mood of it is also very different. It is more sincere and it is really nice that it is run by volunteers so we like to support however we can.”

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