Which is Your Favorite Summer Fair?

East Hampton is full of fun fairs that each offer something different.

With just five weeks until Labor Day Weekend, summer is in full swing and it wouldn't be summer in East Hampton without a handful of fairs. Which one is your favorite?

There is a long-standing tradition of outdoor bazaars here. The East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society's 116th annual fair, complete with carousel, a vintage clothing booth, and pony rides is set for Saturday.

But, the oldest fair is the one held at St. Luke's for more than 125 years. Scheduled for Aug. 4, it offers pony rides, face painting, a bouncing castle, and more. It also shares a date with the Amagansett Presbyterian Church's fair — in its 99th year.

The Fishermen's Fair, on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall and Parson's Blacksmith Shop in Springs, is another popular community affair, which this year will be held on Aug. 11.

Just one day later, on Aug. 12, the East Hampton Library will hold its annual Children's Fair, with a pirate-theme this time around.

So, tell us, which is your favorite fair of them all? If we left some off, tell us that too.

Jerilyn MacLaren Hall July 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM
The LVIS is my favorite! I can remember going there as a little girl with my grandfather and parents and still think it is a blast and a true representation of what the Hamptons is all about. My Mom volunteers there every year. I have a few time as well and always have had a great time. The LVIS is an incredible organization and more young women should get involved. I am so sad I have to miss it this year - but cannot wait to share in the experience next year with my daughter as I know she will love it and find it as magical and exciting as I once did.
The Rev. Steven Howarth July 27, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Among the wonderful fairs is the Summer Fair offered on the first Saturday of August by the Presbyterian Church in Amagansett. This year's fair -- the 99th annual! -- will include children's games, pony rides, petting zoo, fair-trade craft items from around the world, local craft items, gently-used household and children's items, plants, farm stand items, refreshments (including Balsam Farm's roasted corn), and a "Super Raffle" with over 150 prizes to win including certificates from many local restaurants. The Fair will be held from 10 am - 3 pm on the church grounds on Meeting House Lane at Main Street. Of course, as the church's pastor, I am not particuarly objective but I did have a local resident tell me yesterday that our fair is her children's favorite.
Reality Check July 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM
They are all wonderful but the Fishermen's Fair is my favorite because it's more agrarian, more local, and more reflective of our traditions. Also this summer there are numerous fun barbecues--with great food--hosted by our churches and fire departments, all for good causes.
S.B. Bonacker July 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Fisherman's Fair - the best one all summer. I can't wait to buy a clam pie and enjoy it!


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