Long Island Fair
September 16, 17, & 18
The Long Island Fair is Long Island’s version of a traditional county fair, where farming communities gather to socialize, compete, and celebrate the harvest. Hosted every fall at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the fair has something for everyone—competitions, pony rides, circus acts, food, music, dancing, and much, much more.
The first fair was hosted in 1842 by the newly-formed Agricultural Society of Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties. As a scrappy start-up, it bounced from vacant lot to vacant lot until 1865, when it found a semi-permanent home in the Mineola fairgrounds.
The fair was not just an agricultural event; it was also a place to showcase new technologies. Early prototypes of the bicycle, automobile, and various farm implements all made their public debut at the fair.
In the mid-20th century, the fair was displaced by suburban development. In 1970, it resettled at the newly-opened Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where it has operated ever since.
at the Fair
Restoration Farm has participated in the fair since 2007. We host a large booth in front of the Schenck House where we hawk vegetables, chat with fairgoers, and enjoy watching the Old Bethpage Village Restoration come alive.
There are many ways to be a part of the fair. Volunteers sell peanuts, supervise the children's games, and greet visitors in the Exhibition Hall. Gardeners, bakers, and artists enter their creations in the agricultural, culinary, and craft competitions. Visit the official Long Island Fair website to learn more.