MANASQUAN — Shrieks of joy echoed through the summer air around Mallard Park Tuesday night as borough residents and visitors flocked to the Manasquan Fireman’s Fair. The fair is an annual tradition held by Manasquan Volunteer Engine Co. No. 2 and is the company’s main fundraiser for the year. The first night of the fair’s five-day run was Fireman’s night, and began with a parade of fire trucks and first responder vehicles down Main Street 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. Many borough residents and their children have been coming to the fair for years. Each ride is $1 per ticket, $20 for a strip of 28 tickets and $25 for a family night wristband. Mega passes are $50, and include unlimited rides. “We’ve been coming here for at least five years,” said Manasquan resident Jen Vallio. “The best part is seeing the kids have fun. It’s like a tradition, it’s what you do.” Courtney Bounassi, who lives right across the street from Mallard Park, attends every night of the fair. “I do it every single night, it’s in my backyard. The kids love it,” said Ms. Bounassi. The fair features a beer garden sponsored by Leggett’s and a food tent sponsored by Reef & Barrel, along with live music each night as well.
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