A taste of autumn and agriculture return to New York City as the 39th annual Queens County Fair kicks off a fun season of harvest happenings at the Queens County Farm Museum (Queens County Farm), the largest tract of farmland in New York City, from Friday, September 9, through Sunday, Sept. 11 from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Friday) and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday). Tickets for the Queens County Fair are now on sale here.
The Queens County Fair is also the opening weekend for the world famous three-acre Amazing Maize Maze that will run on weekends Fridays through Sundays through the end of October. The theme for this year’s corn maze will have visitors trying to ‘ram their way’ through every ‘corn’er to find their way out. This year’s inspiration is legendary Artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s work Rams Head Blue Morning Glory, which symbolizes her respect for land and culture, core values of what the Queens County Farm Museum represents.
Dating all the way back to 1693, Queens County Fair activities and family favorites include:
- Traditional carnival rides and games, including sack races, spoon relays, along with kids’ crafts.
- Experiencing life on the farm with historic farmhouse tours, cooking demonstrations with locally grown produce, tractor-drawn hayrides and visiting the farm’s goats, sheep, alpacas, pigs, hens, and steer.
- Vying for the first-place ribbon with pie eating contests, corn husking contests and blue-ribbon competitions for produce and arts & crafts. Those interested in participating can register here.
- Live music, theatrical performances and entertainment featuring local homegrown talent, along with roaming musicians, acrobats, and a unicycle clown. The Queens-based marching and samba band FogoAzul NYC also makes its county fair debut. View the complete list of entertainment here.
- Supporting local vendors with a variety of local food and beer for purchase from Queens’ Rockaway Brewing Co., East Coast Street Tacos, Tania’s Kitchen Caribbean, CBao Asian Buns, Ed’s Polish Kielbasa, Bayside Corn, Horman’s Pickles, fresh Long Island oysters and more.
- Giving true meaning to the ‘big apple’ with autumn staples including apple cider donuts and a cider booth.
“As Queens County Farm celebrates its 325th year, we transport visitors and families ‘baaaaa-ck’ in time to the early days of farming with our own fun twist with the Queens County Fair,” said Jennifer Walden Weprin, executive director of the Queens County Farm Museum. “People of all ages, including family herds, are welcome to step right up to enjoy the farm and games and ram through our labyrinth of a corn maze.”
“We are excited to have Georgia O’Keeffe’s work and legacy shared in a new way for a new audience,” said Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Director Cody Hartley. “O’Keeffe had a long history in New York, both in New York City and at Lake George. She also had a tremendous passion for gardening, growing her own food and education – the cornerstones of Queens County Farm Museum. Seeing O’Keeffe’s work in a place where her history and her passions meet will be a treat for anyone who visits.”
On the final day of the Queens County Fair, which falls on Sept. 11, the Queens County Farm Museum is partnering with New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project to provide Daffodil bulbs that will serve as a tribute and living memorial to those lost on 9/11.
Tickets for the Fair are $14 on Friday, $20 on Saturday and Sunday ($15 ages 3-12) or $45 for a three-day pass ($35 ages 3-12). For more information on Queens County Farm Museum and Queens County Fair along with a complete list of activities, visit www.queensfarm.org.