Saturday, September 19, marks the 36th annual Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association annual Pickle Festival. This event has become extremely popular each year, and attracts hundreds of people to the historic John Gardiner Farm on Park Avenue in Huntington. There will be all kinds of pickles in barrels available for tasting and for purchase, as well as a variety of other foods including fresh roasted corn and baked goods.
Explore the farm and view the pickle history display while eating a pickle on a stick. Watch a potato digging demonstration, and view antique cars and trucks. There will be a hay ride, a corn maze, and a train ride on the newly restored Lollipop Farm train. The miniature train actually ran on a farm on the corner of Jackson Avenue and Jericho Turnpike in Syosset during the 1950s and 1960s, and has become a local icon. It had been in storage for 10 years at the Lloyd Manor House in Lloyd Harbor, until it had been given to the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities in June 2012. With the help of dedicated volunteers, the train was delivered to the Gardiner Barn and fully restored. Tracks were laid on the farm property, and now the train is running once again for this year’s pickle festival.
New this year is a farmers market featuring several vendors. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is $5 suggested donation. Children under 12 are free.