Ocean County Fair History

The Ocean County Board of Agriculture held the first annual
"4-H Achievement and Agricultural Ocean County Field Day" on September 6, 1947.

The event was held at Ocean County Park in Lakewood and was organized to celebrate 4-H club work and the agricultural prowess of Ocean County, NJ. By 1947, Ocean County had become the center of a thriving cranberry industry and was ranked 8th in the United States in the poultry industry. The total annual agricultural income of the county topped $12 million in 1946.

The first "Ocean County Field Day" in 1947 included a handful of
exhibits by 4-H clubs, a few concession stands
and an attendance of approximately 500 people.


By 1967, the 1-day "Ocean County Field Day" had become a 
3-day "Ocean County Fair" with the participation of 
over 80 4-H clubs, hundreds of exhibitors, scores of 

concession stands and an attendance of over 60,000 people.

The fair expanded to include more aspects of Ocean County life, including: 4-H and youth activities, agricultural production, marine and natural resource development, and homemaking pursuits.

The ​1967 Ocean County Fair was also a celebration of the
50th Anniversary of the Ocean County Extension Service. Extension Services takes knowledge gained through research and education, and uses it to bring about positive change in the community. For more information visit  ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/


To accomodate the fair's growth, in 1982 the Ocean County Fair was expanded to a 4-day event, and moved to its current location at Robert Miller Airpark, Berkeley Township.

The new location provided two fenced-in horse show rings, more parking space, space for amusements and rides, and a more centrally-located site in the county.


The Ocean County Fair remains a non-profit educational event for
the celebration of the entire Ocean County community.

The Fair is organized and executed by a committee of volunteers.


The Ocean County Fair is sponsored and supported by:
Ocean County Board of Agriculture
Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Rutgers University Cooperative Extension Service
NJ Department of Agriculture