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At the Riverhead Country Fair, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, 8, (Credit: Randee Daddona)

At the Riverhead Country Fair, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, 8, of Riverhead, stands atop the fair's largest homegrown pumpkin, weighing 520 pounds and grown by Glenn Andrews of Massapequa. Forest's sister, Shira, 6, and their friend Amanda Castillo, 8, also of Riverhead, look on. (Oct. 7, 2012)

Fairs celebrating LI's history

Farming traditions may be disappearing, but you still can see a prizewinning homemade pickle or record-size zucchini, admire the 100-year-old technology of a vintage tractor and otherwise get a taste of the way things were during Long Island's agricultural past. Here are scenes from festivals celebrating the history of Long Island.

The Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village

The Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration takes place Sept. 20-22 and 28-29, and has been held annually since 1842. Go back in time with farm animals, brass bands, contra dancing, puppet shows and more. (Oct. 7, 2006)

Between 2,000 and 3,000 entires are expected to
(Credit: Old Bethpage Village Restoration)

Between 2,000 and 3,000 entires are expected to compete for blue ribbons and cash prizes in categories including as frosted cakes, pickles, needlework, handmade dolls and more at the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, which takes place Sept. 20-22 and 28-29. (Undated)

Can you guess the weight of the giant

Can you guess the weight of the giant pumpkin? It's part of The Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, taking place Sept. 20-22 and 28-29. (Undated)

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Prizewinning pies displayed in the replica of the

Prizewinning pies displayed in the replica of the 1866 Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, part of The Long Island Fair taking place Sept. 20-22 and 28-29. Farm animals, poultry, brass band concerts and traditional music will be part of the festival. (Undated)

Prizewinning produce displayed in the replica of the

Prizewinning produce displayed in the replica of the 1866 Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, part of The Long Island Fair taking place Sept. 20-22 and 28-29. Farm animals, poultry, brass band concerts and traditional music will be part of the festival. (Undated)

Skye Smith, 3, of Sag Harbor, takes in
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Skye Smith, 3, of Sag Harbor, takes in the 37th open-air Riverhead Country Fair, which featured a contest for best apple pie. The 2013 fair takes place Oct. 13. (Oct. 7, 2012)

At the Riverhead Country Fair, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, 8,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

At the Riverhead Country Fair, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, 8, of Riverhead, stands atop the fair's largest homegrown pumpkin, weighing 520 pounds and grown by Glenn Andrews of Massapequa. Forest's sister, Shira, 6, and their friend Amanda Castillo, 8, also of Riverhead, look on. (Oct. 7, 2012)

At the Riverhead Country Fair, Shira Kaplan-Walbrecht, 6,
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

At the Riverhead Country Fair, Shira Kaplan-Walbrecht, 6, of Riverhead, sits atop the fair's largest homegrown pumpkin, weighing 520 pounds and grown by Glenn Andrews of Massapequa. (Oct. 7, 2012)

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John Battle gives blacksmithing demonstrations at the annual
(Credit: Handout)

John Battle gives blacksmithing demonstrations at the annual Harvest Day Fair at the Rogers Mansion at the Southampton Historical Museum. The 2013 fair is scheduled for Sept. 18. (Undated)

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