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Matching buddies: Megan Surjoto of Bath Beach won a fluffy new friend at one of the fair’s carnival games.
Look ma, no hands: Gabriella and Anamarie Gonzalez enjoy a ride with their mother, Ruth Hernandez.
Great day to fly: Steve and Pearl Marks of Park Slope cut through blue skies on the Sky Rider.
Tastes like summer: Eleni Papathanasiou takes a break to sample some fair food.

Brooklyn’s largest fair is still in town — but you only have a few days left to catch all the fun.

Newcomers who stopped by the fifth annual Kings County Fair for the first time this year are saying it was a gem.

“That was a great, great fair,” said Donnovan Surjoto, who stumbled on the fair while taking his kids to play mini-golf at Floyd Bennett Field.

The fair — which is taking place at Aviator Sports and Events Center near Marine Park and wraps up on May 26 — boasts rides, games, and carnival food.

“The fun house was a real thrill,” said Steven Marks, another first-timer from Park Slope. “My daughter went on it twice — it definitely tested your balance and dexterity.”

Another visitor said the Stinger — a one-of-a-kind ride that spins, swings, and inverts riders — was a hit with her daughter.

“It’s crazy — it stays up in the air and holds you upside down for like 20 seconds,” said Georgia Papathanasiou, who traveled from Long Beach, Long Island to come to the fair.

Surjoto said his kids liked the petting zoo best, but Marks said the zoo got a little wild when a camel snatched a snack from his daughter and ate it.

“She was a little taken aback by how forward the camel was,” he said.

Marks made up for the bumptious camel by buying his kids a “mega-sized” cotton candy, which they ate with great relish, he said.

In fact, all the fair favorites are there — including funnel cake, hot dogs, and of course the deep-fried Oreo, which Papathanasiou described as “a zeppole wrapped around an Oreo.”

We really liked that one,” she said.

Kings County Fair at Aviator Sports and Event Center [3159 Flatbush Ave. off the Belt Parkway in Marine Park, (718) 758-7500,], May 15–26. Admission $5.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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