The Annual Long Island Fair Returns to Old Bethpage Village Restoration

And it’s not too late to enter your homemade craft into the blue ribbon contest.

By Eden Laikin

Attention artisans, craft-makers, botanists, gardeners and overall Long Island Fair enthusiasts: it’s time once again to plan your entry for the Annual Blue Ribbon contest at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The deadline for entry forms is 4pm on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 for Advanced and Poetry and, Friday September 12 by 4pm for all other entries.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and the Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are pleased to announce that the 172nd annual Long Island Fair, 2014, will take place Sept. 27 and 28th and October 2-5.

“I invite you to be part of a longstanding tradition dating back 172 years – The Long Island Fair,” Mangano said. “Be among the hundreds of Long Islanders of all ages that come and exhibit their wares and produce products in the magnificent Exhibition Hall each year, making the Long Island Fair like no other. Or, come to the event and simply enjoy a day of wholesome festivities. And, for a truly rewarding experience, you can volunteer for the Fair.”

Aside from the contests, the Long Island Fair offers great entertainment; educational exhibits; games for the children; tests of skill and speed for young and old; craft workshops; contests in photography, poetry, hobbies, needlework, culinary and flower arranging; a new Scarecrow building Contest, and new craft projects for ages 3-5.

As has been the custom each year, you’re invited to enter your handcrafts, original art work, needlework, produce, floral arrangements, models, doll houses and culinary delights into the 6-day event and vie for the “best in class” prize.

For details and contest entry forms, go to http://www.lifair.org and click on the Premium book cover. Or call the Long Island Fair Office at 516-572 8409 to request a copy of the Premium Book, or check your local library. Entries may also be submitted online!

The entry drop off guidelines are as follows:
• Hobbies & Needlework entries can be brought in Monday Sept 22 830am-630pm
• Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables, & Culinary products can be brought Friday Sept 26 8:30am-6:30pm
• Horses or Poultry can be brought between 5pm-8pm on Friday; or between 7am and 9am the next day (Saturday). Culinary may also be dropped off on Saturday morning between 7:30am-8:30am
• Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 5pm-7pm

If you are under the age of 15 and want to learn how to make a handmade craft to enter into the next LI Fair, you can still sign up for a Just for Juniors craft-making class to be held on Aug 23 at 10am. Depending on the age, children can make paper plate art, pot holders and/or friendship bracelets. Fill out this form and email to lmckeever@nassaucountyny.gov; mail to The Long Island Fair, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804. Attention: Workshop Leader.

The FAIR will be held on:
Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10am-5pm;
Sunday, Sept 28 from 10am-5pm;
Thursday, Oct 2 from 10am-4pm;
Friday, Oct 3 from 10am-4pm;
Saturday, Oct 4 from 10am-5pm;
Sunday Oct 5 from 10am-5pm

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