Manasquan Fireman’s Fair kicks off tonight

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Fireman’s Fair return’s to thrill the community tonight, kicking off its five-day run with Fireman’s Night and a fire truck parade that rolls from the Engine No. 2 firehouse on Parker Avenue down to Mallard Park at 6 p.m. “We invite all the local fire departments, or any fire department and first responders for that matter,” said Michael Galos, one of the events chief organizers. The fair will run from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Mega passes, ride tickets, and family night wristbands will be available for both pre-sale and at the time of the fair.  The Manasquan Fireman’s Fair is run through the Volunteer Engine Co. No. 2 on Parker Avenue. It originated in 1974 on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Main Street. By 1988, however, attendance dwindled and the fair was canceled. Fast forward to 1998 and the Fireman’s Fair returned with renewed interest with the help from both Manasquan fire departments, the police department, ladies auxiliary and local community members. Now, 20 years later, the fair is a staple in the community, attracting more than 30,000 over the five-day event with a vast compilation of rides for both children and adults. “Everything is pretty much the same thing we’ve been doing for the last 10 years or so because it seems to work,” said Mr. Galos. “We have a recipe we think that appeals to all age ranges, and we try to put on an event that is family oriented.” Children can look forward to traditional attractions such as boats, bounce houses, a carousel, a fun slide and a space train. Adults can also take some time for themselves during the course of the summer event and hop into a ferris wheel, an “Emerald City” ride, a rollar coaster ride titled the “Pharaoh’s Fury,” various fast spinning rides and a unique “Gravitron.” There will also be a beer garden sponsored by Leggett’s and a food tent sponsored by Reef & Barrel, along with live music each night as well. Each ride is $1 per ticket, $20 for a strip of 28 tickets and $25 for a family night wristband. Mega passes are $45 at presale and $50 once the fair begins.

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