Long Islanders crowded into the 43rd Greenlawn Pickle Festival Saturday, forcing hundreds to stand outside the entrances to John Gardiner Farm to wait for their chance at the food and entertainment inside.
At one point, more than 250 people waited in a line along Little Plains Road while hundreds of others stood in lines running along Park Avenue. About 1:30 p.m., a volunteer explained to the people waiting in the Little Plains line that no one else could be admitted until more festival-goers had left the grounds, and warned that some vendors had run out of food for sale.
On the grounds of the historic farm on Park Avenue, kids enjoyed rides on the Lollipop train, or took hayrides with their families. Across the property, people maneuvered strollers across the gravel or awaited a chance at the pickles on a stick or fried pickles, fresh roasted corn, cotton candy and other foods, or checked out a variety of items offered by vendors, including spice packets to jewelry, clothing and candles. Others sampled wines or listened to music.
The festival is operated by the Greenlawn Centerport Historical Association.