Navesink holds annual 'Fireman's Fair,' considered oldest in New Jersey

A Monmouth County "fireman's fair" being held this weekend is believed to be the oldest one of its kind in New Jersey.

The train for children to ride in dates

The train for children to ride in dates back to the 1950s. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NAVESINK - A Monmouth County "fireman's fair" being held this weekend is believed to be the oldest one of its kind in New Jersey.

The annual event in Navesink kicks off tonight and runs through Saturday. It began in 1886, as the Peach and Ice Cream Festival.

Members have kept up with tradition with homemade games, like the bean bag toss. The train for children to ride in dates back to the 1950s.

"There's just a really strong community feeling here in Navesink," says volunteer firefighter Peter Cerasoli. "Everyone's really close-knit.  We just want to keep it centered around the family and community."

Prizes aren't typical of modern fairs either. One stand offers winners a bushel of apples or peaches or a homemade pie.

All the food is made by volunteer members of Navesink Hook and Ladder Fire Company.
 

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