Come to the Fair! This Thursday through Sunday

Come to the Fair! The Chair Swing provided plenty of screams and yelps from young riders at the 2015 Ag Fair. —File photo Michael Cummo

This Thursday, August 18, the Island’s four most anticipated words attain relevance as we can all finally ‘Come to the Fair!’ The Agricultural Society is celebrating 155 years, and as usual, the four-day fair is jam packed with everyone’s favorite traditions. The theme is “Sittin’ Pretty,” after Paul Karasik’s winning poster design of a chick sitting daintily with her first-prize ribbon.

All the barn regulars are back — the goats, cattle, horses, ponies, pigs, and miniature donkeys that make the fairground go ‘round. Catch Robinson’s Racing Pigs outside the Show Ring any of the four days, or a Vegetable Car Race, a Pet Show, Sack Race, Antique Tractor Pull, and more. The list is endless. All those interested in spinning, weaving, or knitting should spend some time at the Fiber Tent for their daily demonstrations and competitions. Oyster and corn shucking pros can also put their summer training to the test. Aside from the games, contests, and demonstrations, there are a variety of impressive rides, food options, local shopping, and an art show. The weekend also features a number of musicians such as The Flying Elbows Thursday night, Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish Friday night, Jon Zeeman and Friends Saturday night, and the Matty Ro Jazz Trio Sunday night.

The Fairgrounds are open from 10 am to 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Sunday, hours are 9:30 am to 7 pm. For more information as well as a complete outline of the fair schedule, visit