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Aquebogue Column: Carnivals, tractor pulls and more

The Jamesport FIre Department Carnival continues through the weekend. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
The Jamesport FIre Department Carnival continues through the weekend. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Congratulations to recent Westhampton Beach High School graduate Alexus Van Helmond, daughter of a very proud William Van Helmond of Jamesport. Alexus will attend Champlain College in Burlington, Vt., this fall. 

Summer has truly begun! Jamesport Fire Department’s annual carnival started July 8 and continues through Saturday, July 12. Pay-one-price unlimited rides until 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 10-11. Fireworks on Saturday, the 12th. While you’re there, remember to purchase some raffle tickets for $20 each. First prize is $2,500, second prize is $1,000 and third prize is $500. Winners will be chosen at the Sound to Bay Fireman’s 10K Aug. 24.

Long Island Antique Power Association’s 22nd annual Tractor Pull and Show will be held this weekend, July 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hallockville Museum Farm. Featured will be John Deere equipment and antique engines. Admission is $7 per person; children 12 and under are free. Food will be available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Old Steeple Community Church will host its annual chicken barbecue Saturday, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. You can go to the tractor pull at Hallockville and then have dinner at the barbecue. Tickets — $15 in advance; $17 at the door — can be purchased by calling Jean at 722-4171 or emailing her at [email protected]

Jamesport Meeting House is thrilled to present “An Evening with Sondheim” Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. featuring the music and lyrics of Broadway’s greatest modern composer, Stephen Sondheim. General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and will be available in advance at Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will host a yard sale Saturday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is accepting donations. Call 722-4000 for more information.

I have some very exciting news! We have a very special event planned for July 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards. Join me and my two- and four-legged friends at a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence, “Wine and Noses.” Tickets are $60 each and include a glass of wine, appetizers from Grace and Grit, your choice of entrée provided by North Fork Food Truck and The Roaming Fork Food Truck, and dessert provided by North Fork Food Truck. In addition, there will be raffles and presentations. You are sure to be inspired as you mingle with these exceptional dogs and their trainers, who help create miracles for exceptional people with disabilities. Let’s give CCI a great North Fork welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling me at 631-833-1897. I will deliver them to your door and you will get to meet Moats, our newest CCI puppy. Hope to see you all at the fire department carnival and at our CCI fundraiser.