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Cow Neck Historical Society Plans Fair

The Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society invites residents to its old-fashioned Country Fair that celebrates the simpler things in life.

“This is a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoy our local culture and history, and maybe even learn something along the way,” a spokeswoman said. The country fair will be Saturday, September 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sands-Willets House at 336 Port Washington Blvd -- one block south of Uncle Giuseppe’s. (Rain date: Sunday, September 22)

Chris Bain, president of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, said the day is a significant one for the historical society. “The fall Country Fair is our most important fundraiser of the year, allowing us to maintain two of the oldest historic dwellings in the area, as well as our extensive collection of local artifacts,” Bain said.

Additionally, “It helps us continue our educational work with school groups from all over Long Island,” Bain said. “We are grateful for the community’s support and look forward to seeing all our friends and neighbors.”

At 10 a.m. Councilwoman Dina DiGiorgio and Town Clerk Leslie Gross will officially begin the 48th annual fall Country Fair by cutting the opening day ribbon on the Sands-Willets House front steps.

The fair will feature a mix of history, such as a real working blacksmith, Colonial-era games for kids, as well as tours of the historic Sands-Willets house and barn.

For the first time, the fair will display a race car circa 1909 from the Vanderbilt Cup Races. Nicknamed “The Black Beast,” it was one of the most famous race cars of its era. The restored racer was a two-time winner of the Vanderbilt Cup, a major event in the early years of American motorsport. “The Black Beast” was the favorite to win the first Indianapolis 500 Race in 1911.

There will be booths displaying various crafts and products made by local artisans and local honey from the beekeeper at the historic Dodge house. Homemade pies will also be on sale.

Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s Cow Neck Country Store will debut in its spacious new location in the historic barn. A book sale will take place on the front lawn where tables will be piled high with books for every generation. And what is a country fair without typical fair food?  There will be lots to sample, including hot dogs, wrap sandwiches, corn on the cob, cookies, and more.

Children will find much to engage them. Besides pony rides, a petting zoo, Johnny Appleseed storytelling, games, pumpkin painting and face painting, there will be a fire truck to climb on.

Live music will be playing all day including from the Samawamps Creek, The Long Island Harmonica Club and a wandering fiddler and banjo player.

This year the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society is adding to the festivities by holding two contests:

Anton Newspapers will sponsor a pie eating contest,“Oh my, Oh Pie!,” with Angela Anton doing the judging. Contestants will be judged on whoever can eat the most pie in 10 minutes with hands firmly held behind their backs. Do you have what it takes to be crowned the Pie King or Queen? Come help us cheer them along at 3 p.m. (rules and entry forms can be found at www.cowneck.org)

With the support of the Port Washington School District, Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society will also sponsor an art contest the day of the fair. Children are encouraged to come to the fair and draw a picture for the contest. There will be two divisions:  Under 6 years old: “What is your favorite thing at the Country Fair?;” and 7 years old and older: “Draw a picture of the Sands-Willets House or Barn.”  Judging will be at 2 p.m. (rules and entry forms for the contest can be found at www.cowneck.org)

Admission to the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society old-fashioned fall country fair is: adults $5, and children $2

If you sign up at the fair for a new membership, admission will be free.

For more info:  516-365-9074, www.cowneck.org, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , www.facebook.com/cnphs