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Whether you are growing your own food or baking your own treats, it is time to decide what you will enter for competition in the 172nd edition of the Long Island Fair to be held September 27-28 and October 2-5  at the fairground of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Didn’t know we had a county fair? Well we do! A Tri-County one, actually. Begun in 1842 by the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties as the Queens County Fair, the Long Island Fair is one of the oldest fairs in the country and around 20,000 people attended last year to see who makes the best jams, jellies, and baked goods, who grows the best tomatoes and biggest pumpkins, and who raises the finest livestock in our area.

It’s a really fun day out (you’ll feel like you are Fern and Avery in Charlottes Web), made even more fun if you submit something for competition (in part because you get a free ticket when you do). But if you want to submit, you’ll need a premium book, which tells you the criteria for entries in the culinary arts, poultry, agricultural skills (when was the last time you did some crosscut sawing?), fruits  and vegetable and other craft categories. There are new classes this year in most categories (cupcakes and cake pops are in for the first time) and there is even a poetry section opening up. Also new this year: online submissions!

To find out more visit Long Island Fair or call 516-572-8409. We will keep you posted as more information on fair activities comes in!

For the Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Chocolate Chip recipe with which I and my son won the Junior Oatmeal Drop Cookie Category in 2013 click here.