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Guests enjoy the petting zoo at the 40th Hallockville Country Fair in Riverhead last year. (Credit: Bill Landon)

On Sept. 17 and 18, you can celebrate the North Fork’s agricultural roots at Hallockville’s Annual Country Fair and Craft Show. Celebrating 41 years, the festival is Hallockville’s biggest fundraiser and takes place on the 28-acre preserved farm homestead. 

Visitors will be greeted by live music and will have the opportunity to explore 44 different food and craft vendors. Local goods for sale will include handmade baskets by Basket Weavers of Eastern Long Island, goat-based soaps from Nupine Dairy, candles and jewelry by Sag Harbor Wax Creations and handmade wooden furniture by Nurevel. There will also be live demonstrations of age-old crafts like weaving, embroidery, bread making and honey harvesting. The Jam/Jelly & Honey competition is also back this year; 11 jams and seven honeys from across Long Island have already been submitted and will be judged live at the festival on Sunday, Sept. 18. 

The event will also include a new feature — a small farmers market that will showcase farm fresh goods from around the North Fork. Highlighted vendors include Jamesport Sourdough and Coffee Co., Peconic Gold Oysters and Aki’s Kitchen. 

“It’s a country fair that’s true to its mission of providing a glimpse into what life might have looked like 200 years ago,” said executive director Roberta Shoten. “We’re an unplugged country fair — just come and enjoy yourself.”

The event offers fun for the whole family. (Credit: Bill Landon)

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will be able to take a tour of Hallockville’s 1765 homestead and 1931 Cichanowicz farmhouse, which was originally built by Polish immigrants. 

Inside the barn, there will be a display of handmade quilts, many of which date back to the 1700s and were made by residents of the time. 

In the spirit of Hallockville’s mission, kids are invited to play traditional games like tug of war and sack races, as well as learn about the animals that live on the farm. There will also be pony rides, hay bale rides and a petting zoo. 

Admission is $10 for ages 3 and up, $35 for a family pass (two adults and two children) and $85 for an all-inclusive Family Pass, which includes Hallockville membership, two pony rides and family petting zoo admission. Tickets can be purchased here.