Despite foreboding skies, the organizers of the Riverhead Country Fair say the much-beloved event will go on as scheduled on Sunday.
"The fair is on," said Pat Mulcahy, co-coordinator of the fair with Jim Lull, Jr.
Mulcahy said despite some soggy forecasts, the latest weather report indicates that Sunday will see a chance of showers, with rain getting more steady after 5 p.m.
The weather predications, Mulcahy said, have scores of fair lovers concerned. "I've been inundated with calls," he said. "I still encourage everyone to come down -- come early," Mulcahy said, noting that the fair begins at 10 a.m. "The fair is still going as scheduled. I just left the fairgrounds, and everything is in place."
Anyone with questions can call the fair hot line at 631-727-1215 for updates, Mulcahy said.
The 37th Annual Riverhead Country Fair, always held on Columbus Day weekend, offers a coruncopia of delights, with agricultural and homemaking competitions, over 400 vendors, "food like you can't believe," ranging from kielbasa to funnel cakes, Greek fare to sausage and peppers, amusements and rides for the kids, and the Riverhead Free Library set up in Grangebel Park with activities including a magician, storytelling, and juggling. Live music and performances by high school students will also be featured.
Should Mother Nature decide upon a downpour, the rain date for the Riverhead Country Fair is scheduled for Monday.