If you are planning to submit luscious baked goods, crunchy pickles, perfect fruits, massive vegetables, or any other homestead-y type home-made, home-grown items to the Long Island Fair (there are free passes involved!), the time to let the fair folks know is now.
September 10th is the last day for entry forms. You don’t have to submit your items yet, but you have to submit the forms that tell organizers what you will be bringing to the competition for judging just before the official fair opening on September 24th.
You’ll find the Competitive Exhibit Handbook online at www.LIfair.org if you don’t have it already. It costs nothing to enter and the Fair has gone back to offering not one but two free passes per exhibitor (you get them when you actually drop off your submission) as a way to encourage more attendance so it is really worth your while to give it a try. The handbook will tell you the criteria for entries in the culinary arts, poultry, agricultural skills (who is in for crosscut sawing?), fruits and vegetable and other craft categories as well as allow you to submit your form electronically.
The 174nd edition of the Long Island Fair will be held September 24, 25 and 30 and October 1 and 2 at the fairground of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Entertainment during the fair will include Animal Planet’s Gator Boy Jimmy Riffle with an alligator and reptile show, as well as the Timberwork Lumberjack Show, old-style baseball games and cricket matches), jugglers, and horse-riding exhibitions by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. For more on the history of the Fair, especially the evolution of the culinary section, see our August story.
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!