September 13, 2021
Last weekend the Old Bethpage Village Restoration hosted the 179th Long Island Fair. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, it was wonderful to see the village come back to life for the annual event. The fair is Long Island’s version of a traditional county fair, in which communities gather in the fall to socialize, compete, and celebrate the end of the growing season. The first Long Island Fair was hosted in 1842, and 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. In the mid-20th century, it was displaced by suburban development, and in 1972 it resettled at the newly-opened Old Bethpage Village Restoration.