Long Islanders enjoyed the sunny weather and the historical sights this past Sunday at the Heritage Country Fair. Held on the grounds of the Smithtown Historical Society, there were attractions for both children and adults that took one back in time to the days of the Civil War.
Upon entering the fairgrounds, you could stop to watch a woodworking demonstration. Several woodworkers were on hand, creating wooden trinkets using templates, creating beautiful cut outs each time. As you made your way further into the fairgrounds, the Friends of Caleb Smith Preserve were on hand to talk about their upcoming activities, including a Fall Festival on Sunday, September 27, and different ways to get involved in the organization.
As you made your way down the dirt path, you would need to step to the side every so often to let the hayride pass by. Excited festivalgoers waved as they made their way to the opposite end of the fair grounds. Looking over to the left, you could see a baseball game take place, with adults and young children participating. Next up was a demonstration by the Island Long Riders Cowboy Mounted Shooting. It might look easy to fire a gun at a balloon while riding on a horse, but that is only because this group performed it effortlessly.
A demonstration of unique and exotic animals took place mid-afternoon, featuring a ferret, a giant turtle, snakes both big and small, and even a bearded dragon – a lizard that is bright yellow-orange in color and captivating to watch. Children enjoyed petting these animals and the animals enjoyed the attention!
At the far end of the fair ground was the antique car and truck show. Featuring a variety of old-time vehicles and a musical serenade directly across from it, the beautiful outdoor weather made for a lovely stroll up and down the aisle. A Civil War camp re-enactment was also nearby, giving a true sense of what life was like in those days. For those who ventured to the furthest most corner of the fair ground, they could watch spinners and weavers, with their looms set up outside, sitting in a semi-circle, honing their craft.
No trip to the Smithtown Historical Society would be complete without stepping inside the buildings that comprise the fair grounds. This includes the Frank Brush Barn. Throughout the year, this building hosts numerous events, including Swing Dances, educational programs and even an ice cream social coming up this Friday night! It serves as a great meeting place for the community with events that cater to a wide audience.
All in all, this year’s Heritage Country Fair proved to be a great success. It is a walking history lesson combined with a day of fun that the whole family can enjoy!