Even city slickers will feel at home on this range in Queens.

The Queens County Farm Museum will host the Queens County Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, Sept. 22-23, this weekend.

Although the venue is located within New York City limits with an entrance at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Glen Oaks, the 36th annual event will feature a traditional rural program with Blue Ribbon competitions in produce and livestock as well as pie-eating and corn-husking contests, hayrides, carnival rides, and pig races.

Jugglers and acrobats will walk around the grounds, entertaining youngsters with their tricks, while adults might want to spend some time in a beer garden where the Shannon Breeze Irish Band will play a wide variety of songs on Saturday and the Spitzbuam German Band will crank out German and Austrian ditties on Sunday.

At other spots, vendors will sell food, tables will host arts and crafts activities, and the Con Edison Ecology Booth will offer tips on recycling and gardening. (Ask about the worms and home compost bins.)

Admission is $10 per day, but children 12 and under pay $5 each.

Queens Farm will launch another annual tradition during the fair, the Amazing Maize Maze (bottom left), a three-acre labyrinth where corn stalks mark the barriers. Participants begin this adventure with a “Stalk Talk,” then they find clues and solve problems as they make their way around the living puzzle.

The Amazing Maze will operate on weekends until Oct. 27, and Con Edison will sponsor Maze by Moonlight events on two consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20.

In operation since 1697, Queens Farm is New York City’s only working historical farm with livestock, heavy farm machinery, planting fields, and a vineyard. The 47-acre site also has the restored Cornell Farmhouse, which dates back to the Adriances, a Dutch family that lived there from 1697 to 1808.

Images: Queens Farm


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