Bruce Young of the L.I, Antique Power Association is the very picture of authenticity at a fair whose roots are in celebrating the town's agricultural heritage. Photo: Denise Civiletti

The Riverhead Country Fair got off to a soggy start today, but after an initial encounter with a line of passing showers, the weather held up. Unfortunately, the morning rain discouraged visitors and the 42nd annual fair, typically packed with throngs of people, had a comparably sparse turnout.

While skies were overcast, the temperature was pleasant, winds were calm and rain stayed away — providing, ironically, perfect weather for strolling along the huge fairgrounds stretching across the downtown riverfront.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti

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Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.