By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Hello, everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful time during the recent holidays and able to enjoy time with family and friends!
We have a lot of exciting events and programs in the coming weeks and months. However, I want to take the time this week to write about one of our biggest and most popular events returning this weekend – Made in Monmouth!
Made in Monmouth will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, April 14th, at the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University in West Long Branch. We are anticipating an even bigger crowd this year to attend this great event that will feature nearly 300 vendors. Most importantly – these vendors are small business owners right here in Monmouth County!
Made in Monmouth began seven years ago when I joined the Freeholder Board. My goal was to focus my attention on small consumer product manufacturers located within Monmouth County to help them grow their businesses. I thank my fellow Freeholders for their continued support for this initiative and I know they enjoy coming out to shop each year, too.
For those planning on attending this event, I’d like to note we will be collecting non-perishable food items during Made in Monmouth in conjunction with the 2018 Food Drive of Monmouth County. I encourage attendees to bring non-perishable food items that will be distributed by Fulfill (formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties).
Lastly, I’d like to thank the County’s Economic Department, which I oversee, for coordinating Made in Monmouth. They do a terrific job at planning this event each year.
I hope to see you at Made in Monmouth this Saturday!
As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director.