Call for Entries!
We may not be Iowa when it comes to area farmed, but here on Long Island, we have been celebrating agriculture for a long time. And we have our very own county fair to prove it.
In 1842, the Queens County Agricultural Society started what is today one of the oldest agricultural fairs in the country, the Long Island Fair. The society is now called the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau & Suffolk Counties (and Nassau County co-presents the fair), but the idea remains the same: a showcase of agricultural, culinary and domestic products by local people accompanied by music, games and old-fashioned entertainment on the fairgrounds at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
This year the Long Island Fair will take place over two weekends in September (in the past it has only been one).
All the details are not yet available, but if you want to do more than just turn up to enjoy the fair, you need to get moving. The Premium Book – which gives all the categories and classes to submit your prize produce, fattened calves, treasured baked items, scrapbooks, original art, perfect dahlias, or needlework masterpieces for competition – is out and the advanced entry forms are due on August 30 (all others due on September 6). Recent innovations include categories for home-brewed beers and wines. This year there are more categories for children and young adults, as well as the return of the People’s Choice awards.
My son and I have entered for the last three years and won absolutely nothing, except one free entry ticket per submission and we’ve had a lot of fun just the same, checking out all the exhibits, sizing up the competition, watching the juggling shows and guessing the weight of the giant pumpkins. Whether this one-ticket per entry policy will continue this year is not clear, but I promise to keep you posted as we get closer. In the meantime, visit www.lifair.org to order your premium book and start dusting off your recipes!
Friday, September 20 and 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22, 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Natalia de Cuba Romero blogs at Hot, Cheap & Easy.