Good Old-Fashioned Fun at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s
48th Annual Fall Country Fair on Saturday Sept 21st
A Port Washington tradition for the whole family!
We invite you to come enjoy Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s Old-Fashioned Country Fair that celebrates the simpler things in life – a great way to spend time with family and friends, enjoy our local culture and history, and maybe even learn something along the way! The Country Fair will take place on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00AM - 5:00 PM at the Sands-Willets House at 336 Port Washington Blvd - one block south of Uncle Giuseppe’s. (Rain date: Sunday, September 22nd)
At 10:00 AM, we will welcome Councilwoman Dina DiGiorgio and Town Clerk Leslie Gross who will officially open the 48th Annual Fall Country Fair by cutting the Opening Day Ribbon on the Sands-Willets House front steps. We are so pleased to have them join in this fantastic Fall tradition in Port Washington that is family fun for both young and old. There will be a wonderful mix of history, such a real working blacksmith, Colonial-era games for the kids, as well as tours of the historic Sands-Willets House and Barn.
For the first time ever, we will display a real 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 best of all, local honey from our Beekeeper at the Historic Dodge House and our famous homemade pies will be on sale! Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s Cow Neck Country Store will debut in its spacious new location in the historic barn. Our legendary 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 much, much more.
Children will find much to amuse them. Besides pony rides, a petting zoo, Johnny Appleseed storytelling, games, pumpkin painting and face painting, there will be a real fire truck to climb on! Live music will be playing all day including the Samawamps Creek, The Long Island Harmonica Club and a wandering fiddler and banjo player.
Chris Bain, President of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society, explained the significance of the Fall County Fair: “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. Additionally it helps us continue our important educational work with school groups from all over Long Island. We are grateful for the community’s support and look forward to seeing all our friends and neighbors at the best Fair yet!”
This year the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society is pleased to announce two contests:
What is a Country Fair without the time-honored tradition of a Pie-Eating Contest? Anton Newspapers will sponsor our Pie Eatiing 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 3:00 PM (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 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 2:00 pm. (rules and entry forms for the contest can be found at www.cowneck.org)
What could be better than a crisp September day at the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society’s 48th Annual Old Fashioned Fall Fair? Join us on September 21st from 10:00-5:00 PM for a day of good old-fashioned fun with all the trimmings. (Rain date Sept. 22)
Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society Old-Fashioned Fall Country Fair
Saturday, September 21st 10:00 – 5:00 PM
Sands-Willets House, 336 Port Washington Blvd
(1 block sound of Uncle Giuseppe’s / PLENTY OF FREE PARKING
AT THE VINCENT SMITH SCHOOL)
Admission: 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