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Fair Returning to Old Bethpage Village

The 169th Annual Long Island Fair arrives in Old Bethpage beginning Thursday.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration will host the 169th Annual Long Island Fair from Sept. 22- 25, one of America’s oldest agricultural festivals.

This family-friendly festival will offer a range of attractions including exotic animals, reptile shows, pony rides, carnival rides, as well as traditional live music.

“The Long Island Fair is a local tradition and one of the truly special family events that takes place each year,” said Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano “In particular, in our technology driven age, this event allows children and parents to connect with the sort of recreational activites that people enjoyed in an early and simpler time in America.”

Children will be able to take part in contests such as corn husking and potato sack races, while adults can test their skills and strength at two-person cross-cut sawing. There will be ribbons and prizes for the friendly competitions.

The livestock barn will have sheep, goats, horses, rabbits and other animals. There will be a livestock demonstration ring which will feature the beautiful horse-drawn carriages of the Paumanok Driving Club and the miniature horses of the Keystone Miniatures Club.

The Fair will also have a variety of historical period musicians, dancers, mimes and other artists. Puppet shows, magicians and an end of season matches of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s Old Time Baseball League. They will recreate baseball as it was played in the latter half of the 19th century.

The fair is unique among New York State County Fairs in that it maintains a historical ambiance of the 19th century. On more than 200 acres take a step back in time and experience a recreated 19th Century American village.

Hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10-5.

Entrance fees on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are $8 for children 5-12 (under 5 free), seniors and volunteer firefighters. Adults are $12 on Thursday and Friday and on Saturday and Sunday $15.

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