Douglaston’s Ruth Harrigan, who has become known in northeast Queens for her work in beekeeping, visited the fair Sunday to share another one of her passions: raising chickens. Harrigan, whose family currently has two chickens, said she found a lot of joy in teaching fair-goers how it could be done in New York City.
“A lot of people don’t know that it is legal to raise female chickens in the city,” said Harrigan, who distributed a brochure she made educating her neighbors on how to raise a chicken. “Everyone loves it. The kids have a ball and when people see the mother hen with her chicks, they get so intrigued and happy.”
Harrigan also joined in on the festivities by sharing her artwork — a mosaic she had been working on for more than a year showcasing her love for both chickens and bees. Her work won best in show at the county fair, and Harrigan was treated to an award ceremony recognizing her talent.
“It made my day,” she said.
The sun shined throughout the weekend, making for perfect weather as families lined up to pet animals, ride ponies and mark the agricultural history of the borough. Rows of hay lined up in front of a modest stage, where easy listening acts shared their music with the crowds as they cruised between the carnival rides and different farm attractions. When they were not too busy getting lost in the gigantic corn maze, the youngest at the fair stopped to get their faces painted, suiting up for the afternoon of festivities.
“I think everyone had a lot of fun,” Harrigan said. “You don’t have an experience like that all too often in Queens.”
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