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Why the Long Island Fair is the Biggest Festival of the Year

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 22, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Long Island Fair

The 166th annual Long Island Fair will take place at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration on September 15, 16, 22 and 23. This official New York State-sanctioned county fair will features thousands of exhibits, activities and performances for the whole family. In fact, here’s everything that you need to know about Long Island’s biggest festival.

All Island Transportation’s Guide to the Long Island Fair

The History

Back in 1842, The Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties staged the first Queens County Fair on vacant lots and members’ farms.

Long Island Fair

Then, in 1866, the fair moved to a permanent home in Mineola. At this time, the fairgrounds included livestock barns, carriage sheds, a business office and a grand exhibition hall.

In 1899, the Queens County Fair became the Mineola Fair. However, 50 years later, as Nassau County grew in prominence, the fair was moved to Roosevelt Raceway. In 1970, the fair made its final move to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where it continues to excite and enthrall generations of Long Islanders.


Like any good county festival, the Long Island Fair will have a number of competitions available. These completions allow Long Islanders of all ages and skill sets to enter their best creations for a chance to win a blue ribbon.

Long Island Fair

Prizes will be awarded to participants in categories such as culinary, horticulture, livestock, needlework and hobbies. A few of the most popular categories include:

  • Largest pumpkin
  • Scarecrow building
  • Pie tasting
  • Wood-crafting

There will also be a fun coloring contest for children ages 3 to 10. You can find the entire list of the participating competitions here.

Activities and Entertainment

In addition, a variety of performers and demonstrators will provide traditional entertainment. There will be musicians, jugglers, magic shows, puppet shows, a mime, contra dancing and craft demonstrations. Basically, there’s something for everyone.

Long Island Fair

Not to mention, there will be plenty of exciting activities that your children will enjoy. The slate of activities will include:

  • Pony and camel rides
  • Exotic petting zoo
  • Lumberjack show
  • Ninja experience

There will also be plenty of races and skill games for your children to participate in.

Other Important Information

On every day of the Long Island Fair, gates will open at 10 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. However, there will be no more admissions allowed in after 3:30 p.m. every day. Admission will cost $15 for adults and $13 for seniors over 60 and children ages 5 to 12. Children under five years old get in free.

The Long Island Fair is one of the biggest festivals of 2018—so come out and visit on September 15, 16, 22 and 23!

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