West Long Branch: The first rush of a total 2,500 visitors on the day were already waiting outside of the Monmouth University MAC – the Multipurpose Center - as the doors opened to the Third Annual Made in Monmouth initiative.
The event featured 170 Monmouth County businesses showing their products with displays circling the upper running track of the arena
The event, which was created by the Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2011, promotes the Grow Monmouth initiative, showcasing products exclusively produced in Monmouth County.
The event is aimed to help spur economic development in the county and is organized under the Monmouth County Division of Economic Development and supported by the Board of Freeholders in conjunction with Monmouth University.
As in past years, visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the MAC for delivery to the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean counties.
A spokesperson for the Division of Economic Development said the event was a success and a lot of fun for shoppers.
Tables were filled with unique items from jewelry, to rose bushes and everything in between. Household goods, art work that spanned the world of oils to charcoal sketching to water paints were available at reasonable prices, and the chance to chat with the artisans.