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Bethpage LI Fair turns the clock back

Danny Reis and his 5 year-old daughter Layla

Danny Reis and his 5 year-old daughter Layla pose for some silly pictures at the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage. Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Come one, come all. Sunday is your last chance to attend the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

The annual fair, which started in 1842, turns the clock back to the 19th century with the help of brass bands, jugglers, contra dancing and puppet shows. Attendees can guess the size of a giant pumpkin, munch on candy apples or see a mime in action.

Last week, Heather and Danny Reis, of Hicksville, took daughters Layla, 5, and Ella, 3, back to the fairgrounds, which they first visited two years ago.

"We went to enjoy the nice fall weather outside," Heather said of their latest visit. "We went for the fair and the history part, too."

She said the girls went on a pony ride, the tractor ride, visited the schoolhouse and enjoyed being a "farmer for a day."

Flowers and crafts are displayed in a replica of an 1866 fairgrounds exhibition hall. Between 2,000 and 3,000 entries are expected to compete for blue ribbons and cash prizes in categories such as frosted cakes, pickles, jellies, jams, butter, needlework, handmade dolls and toys, according to Gary Haglich, manager of the Long Island Fair.

Last year a Home Brew Competition was added, which expanded this year from 50 to 150 entries, he added. Also new: a fudge category in the culinary arts competition, and the return of "People's Choice" awards for select categories, including cake bakers and hobbyists.

WHEN|WHERE 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

INFO 516-572-8400, 516-874-0502,

ADMISSION $1 a person all day Sunday.

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