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11th annual Brookhaven Fair kicks off

Gabriel Sanchez, 5, of Patchogue, went fishing for

Gabriel Sanchez, 5, of Patchogue, went fishing for a prize Saturday during the Brookhaven Fair in Bald Hill. (May 26, 2012) Credit: Kathleen Fordyce

Most people come to the Brookhaven Fair at Bald Hill for one reason -- their kids.

But first-time fair goer Jacqueline Huber, of Mastic, was just as excited to be there on Saturday as her son, Robert, 11, and his friend, James Amodeo, 12.

Clutching a prized stuffed animal just like the boys, she was running from ride to ride alongside them, soaking up the fun along with the sun.

“They have so much to do here,” she said, stopping for a minute to rattle off the list of events and shows, emphatically saying she wanted to go to them all. “There’s a wolf show and the illusionist show. I really want to see that one.”

The annual Brookhaven Fair at Bald Hill opened Friday and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 10. There is something for everyone;  smaller rides for young kids -- like the mini swings and bumper cars -- and more daring rides for the older set -- like the Himalaya, Zipper and Fireball.

“We come every year,” said Laura Herbst as she watched her daughter Lauryn, 7, on the smaller swings ride. “It’s good ol' family fun. We have a great time.”

With the sun reappearing after a week of rain and the temperature expected to hit 80 degrees, Randy Trezak was determined to spend the day outside. He planned to take his son, Tyler, 12, to the air show but the beach filled quickly by 8 a.m. So they headed to the fair instead.

“He seems to really be enjoying himself,” he said, watching his son whiz by on the Himalaya ride.

The only downside Trezak said was the price.

“It’s a little pricey, paying $3 for parking, $8 for admission and then paying for the tickets to ride the rides,” he said. To be cost effective, he bought bracelet for unlimited rides. “We will be here riding all day.”

But there’s more to be had at the fair than just rides -- you simply cannot leave without a bite of your favorite fair food.

“This is terrific,” said Stuart Berman of Lake Grove in between bites of his polish sausage, which ranks among his favorite fair treats. “It’s fabulous.”

Whether chowing down on a snack, jumping on a ride or trying your hand at one of the many games, Huber said everyone is bound to find something fun to do.

“It’s great for the kids,” said Huber, ready to run off to the to fun house. “What’s better than the county fair?”


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