Deadline for LI Fair Entries is FRIDAY 9/11


You’ve got to be in it to win it (or at least to get a free entry ticket for submitting). The Long Island Fair, at 173 one of the oldest county fairs in the country, is accepting entry forms until 4 p.m. this Friday, September 11 for the 2015 fair, September 25-27 and October 2-4. That means, if you (or any junior bakers you love) plan to submitt culinary items like cookies or pickles, or beautiful garden vegetables for competition later this month, you have to file your entry forms this week.

Didn’t get a Premium Book with the categories, classes and instructions? Don’t worry, you can actually browse it and even register online.

Even if you don’t submit, the Long Island Fair, which is held yearly at the fairgrounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, is a fun family festival with jugglers, livestock, beautiful handcrafted items, food, music, Rough Riders horse demosntrations and all sorts of down home entertainment. About 20,000 people attended last year, and around 2,500 submitted items for judging, according to Lindsey McKeever, assistant fair manager. Volunteers are welcome for many aspcts of the fair. Folks ages 14 & up should call 516-572-8416 or email

If you do want to submit, there are some changes. The maple and apiary classes have been moved from vegetables to culinary, for example. Categories to watch include fudge, says McKeever. “It has really grown,” she says. And the fair does move with the times. “We added cupcakes and cake pops last year,” McKeever adds. “I’m really excited to see if they continue to grow.”

2015 Long Island Fair

September 25-27; October 2-4

Fridays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.