Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The end of June may mark the end of Long Island’s classic strawberry festivals, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty more local food-filled fairs that guarantee upcoming weekends of fun, games and deliciousness. Mark the calendar, here’s eight classic LI food fests for each month through October.Sweet Corn FestivalFor those who simply can’t get enough of Long Island’s fabulous corn, there’s the 25th annual Sweet Corn Festival at Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard in Mattituck, which will be a jam-packed weekend July 13-14. Run for the past 13 generations by the Harbes family, it includes all the corn-fest classics such as various corn-based foods, corn-eating contests, crafts and games for kids, as well as some unique attractions such as “What’s all the buzz about bees?” bee education. The Harbes’ also offer wine tasting, live music, and working border collie demonstrations for a weekend of corn-filled family fun.Long Island Animal Rights and VegFestThe Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington kicks off a day of healthy vegan fun at the Long Island Animal Rights and VegFest on Saturday, July 13. Bring animal companions on “non-retractable leashes only” to the vegan picnic to see musical performances and educational lectures. In addition to speakers like vegan Victoria Moran and animal rights activist Jenny Brown, the fellowship will be holding an art show and auction. Bring reusable water bottles and organic snacks for an enjoyable and educational afternoon.Watermelon FestivalThe the Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck and the Harbes Western Farm in Jamesport will be hosting the Long Island Watermelon Festival the weekend of August 10-11. Both locations will host watermelon-eating contests, seed-spitting contests and other family friendly games such as corn mazes and hayrides. Cool down in the hot summer sun with some fresh watermelon juice while enjoying a picnic in the beautiful fields, or listen to live musical performances by local bands.Greenlawn/Centerport Pickle FestivalThe Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association is sponsoring the 34th annual Pickle festival this September. This tradition was started in honor of Alexander Gardiner, the “pickle pioneer,” who produced enough pickles in on his farm in Greenland to supply all of New York City. Now, almost two centuries later, pickle lovers from all around the island flock to that very same farm for a taste of those famous pickled cucumbers. The festival sells not only a wide variety of pickles, but all sorts of pickle paraphernalia, from t-shirts and pickle ornaments, to pickle flavored popcorn.Long Island Wine Harvest FestivalThe Laurel Lake Vineyards will hold their annual wine harvest festival in what has become known as the “jewel of Long Island” on Sept. 22. This North Fork vineyard was founded by a group of Chilean and American friends who not only provide tours of the facility, but also offer demonstrations of the winemaking process. At this festival, attendees can clip vines, pick their own grapes or create their own bottle of wine, all before enjoying a wine-and-cheese tasting on the beautiful balcony overlooking the breathtaking scenery.Long Island Apple FestivalThe Sherwood Jayne Farm in East Setauket will once again host their Apple Festival for a day full of apple picking, cider, pies and cakes, and old fashioned games and crafts for people of all ages this fall. Bring the whole family for the apple pie baking contest and the apple relay race, or relax at a picnic table and watch the pony rides and face painting. Suffolk County PumpkinfestCornell Cooperative Extension sponsors a Pumpkinfest every September at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, where families can come pick and paint their own pumpkins, play in the corn maze, go on wagon and pony rides, and enjoy other children’s crafts and activities. Other events include farm trivia games, a parent calling contest and cow chip bingo. Not only is this fair fun for family and friends, but the funds also go to benefit educational programs at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Suffolk County.Oyster FestivalThis October marks the 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bay Oyster Fest. Starting with the annual parade honoring Teddy Roosevelt, this festival has evolved into the largest outdoor festival on Long Island. Each year the Oyster Bay streets are filled with live entertainment, artisan booths, gigantic ships docked in the bay and of course, the famous local oysters cooked every which way imaginable. Or raw, as usual.
5. Weird schedulingOxford plays Udall not once, but twice this season. Oxford hosts Udall in week #3 before traveling to Udall in week #9. 3. What else was significant about that game?Oxford beat South Haven for the very first time in eight-man football.The Wildcats have been playing eight-man football for six years going and it seems every time they got things rolling in the positive direction, a game with South Haven would loom and ruin all momentum.It appeared early Friday that things might have changed after Oxford scored four touchdowns in the first quarter. 9. Caldwell at Udallâ€¦The Bluejays pulled out a close one against Central-Burden winning 8-6. This game will be a tough one. The Eagles annihilated Norwich 56-6 in week one. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments CV-Dexter at Argonia-Attica South Barber at Oxford Sedan at South Haven Week #2 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” 10 things you need to know about Sumner County football games this week: Conway Springs at Medicine Lodge 1. So what is the schedule for week #2? 7. Conway Springs stays focusedâ€¦Conway Springs drilled Bluestem 55-14 in the season opener and it was 28-0 at halftime. Granted that is a shellacking. But when it comes to shellackings, this one wasnâ€™t the Cardinals’ biggest against Bluestem teams in years past. The reason? Some observers said Bluestem is looking much better.The Lions actually ran more offensive plays than the Cardinals: 49 to 47. Granted a lot of it was during garbage time and that tends to happen when Conway Springs is averaging 9.5 yards per play. But Bluestem also accumulated 242 yards and 11 first downs, including a 79 yard run from a back named Lane Moran in the fourth quarter. Does this mean anything? Probably not. Conway Springs is heavily favored when it travels to Medicine Lodge Friday. But for Bluestem, who has played some of the worst football in years for so long, the Conway Springs game may be promising. 6. Still looking for winâ€¦A coach will tell you that there is no such thing as a moral victory. However, Belle Plaineâ€™s 15-9 loss to Medicine Lodge is close to a moral victory, considering it was much more lopsided in 2013. This will be a tough weekend for Belle Plaine which travels to Garden Plain. The Owls will be looking for a win after losing to Cheney 35-21. Belle Plaine at Garden Plain Caldwell at Udall 8. Sedan at South Havenâ€¦Sedan whipped Elk Valley 66-0, while South Haven lost to Oxford 72-38. This will mark the second home game for South Haven, which would like to get a win before taking to the road. 10. Cedar Vale-Dexter at Argonia-Atticaâ€¦Just to put this in perspective. This game involves four different Kansas towns. Yes, rural Americaâ€™s population is shrinking.Follow us on Twitter. 2. Anything unusual from week #1?Â Daeyln HaskinsHow about this stat: Oxfordâ€™s Daelyn Haskins had seven touchdowns including two of those on kickoff/punt returns in the Wildcats 78-42 win over South Haven in the season opener.Haskins may have broken a school record with his seven touchdowns in one game, Oxford head coach Shawn Burkes said.His kickoff return for a touchdown tied the state record in eight-man football. He has eight of them over his career.And the season has just begunâ€¦ 4. So who does Oxford play this week?Â Well, maybe its the word â€œSouthâ€ that is giving Oxford such a hard time. South Barber will come to Oxford as the prohibitive favorite this Friday for the Wildcat opener.Pratt Skyline did beat the Chieftains 48-32 last week, but Skyline is a powerhouse in 8-man D1 and South Barber is still ranked No. 5 in the latest eight-man division II poll. Make no mistake, though. A win over South Barber this weekend and Oxford will be turning heads across the state of Kansas.