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Long Island Fair goes back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

The Long Island Fair continues this weekend at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Its kitschy fare includes mimes and stilt-walkers, crosscut sawing drills, cornhusking contests and a booth at which you can guess the weight of pumpkins. See prize-winning vegetables, baked goods and creative works entered by Long Island residents or watch baseball games played by the rules of another era.

It's in the bag

Christian Sideris, 7, left, Iggy Banis, center, 12,
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Christian Sideris, 7, left, Iggy Banis, center, 12, and Thanasi Banis, 10, compete in potato-sack races.

They came, they saw

Elijah Moore of Syosset and Mike Ferro of
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Elijah Moore of Syosset and Mike Ferro of Greenlawn test their skills at crosscut sawing with the help of volunteer Richard Doster. Lumberjacks are on hand at the Long Island Fair to compete in axe throwing, sawing and log rolling.

Shall we dance?

Performers demonstrate contradancing, a 17th century folk dance
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Performers demonstrate contradancing, a 17th century folk dance made up of long lines of couples, at the Long Island Fair.

Horns of plenty

Jen Merkel of Central Islip and Daniel Battaglia
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Jen Merkel of Central Islip and Daniel Battaglia of Rocky Point have permission to play with their food at the Long Island Vegetable Orchestra tent at the Long Island Fair.

Chop, chop

Some might lose their heads at The Great
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Some might lose their heads at The Great Wizard of the North magic show at the Long Island Fair. The Great Wizard of the North, 19th century magician John Henry Anderson, is credited with helping to bring magic from street performance into theaters as an art form and audience entertainment.

Riding the bench

A little fair-goer needs a boost to watch
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A little fair-goer needs a boost to watch some Old Time Base Ball, played by the rules of a bygone era.

Salute the kernel

Sophia Xu, 7, of Great Neck competes in
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Sophia Xu, 7, of Great Neck competes in the children's cornhusking contest at the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Forward march

Members of a marching band in period garb
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Members of a marching band in period garb toot their own horns at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Pumpkin pounds

Good gourd, here's a weighty subject at the
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Good gourd, here's a weighty subject at the Long island Fair: Attendees get to guess how many pounds these great pumpkins have packed on.

How about them apples!

Cayden Maselli-Whitenack, 3, of Levittown samples one at
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Cayden Maselli-Whitenack, 3, of Levittown samples one at the Apple and Pumpkin Yard at the Long Island Fair.

Miming her own business

A mime roaming the grounds of Old Bethpage
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

A mime roaming the grounds of Old Bethpage Village Restoration finds an unwitting subject to mimic at the Long Island Fair on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

Stable condition

Members of the Islip Horsemen's Association Mounted Drill
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Members of the Islip Horsemen's Association Mounted Drill Team The Spirit of Long Island relax between shows at the fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

You say tomato, I say tomahto

Don't call the whole thing off before you
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Don't call the whole thing off before you feast your eyes on all the colorful tomato varieties in the agricultural shed.

Hold these, Mom

Aston Lozano, 4, of Garden City loads up
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Aston Lozano, 4, of Garden City loads up mom Jeanine with his picks from the patch in the Apple and Pumpkin Yard at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

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