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Agricultural Fairs

Athens Fair Exhibition Hall (2003)

Athens Fair Exhibition Hall

Acton
Athens
Bangor State Fair
Blue Hill
Clinton
Common Ground (Unity)
Cornish
Cumberland
Farmington
Fryeburg
Harmony
Houlton
Litchfield
Monmouth
New Portland Lions
Northern Maine (Presque Isle)
Ossipee Valley (So. Hiram)
Oxford
Piscataquis Valley (Dover-Foxcroft)
Pittston
Skowhegan State Fair
South Hiram
Springfield
Topsham
Union
Unity
Windsor
World’s Fair (Waterford)

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

The agricultural fair has been a tradition in many rural communities for years. Nearly thirty fairs of all sizes still dot the landscape.

One of the newest is the Common Ground Fair, now in Unity. Sponsored by the The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), it runs for three days in late September. MOFGA was formed in 1971 and claims to be the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The Fair drew over 59,600 people in 2010.

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

Fryeburg Fair (2004)

The “granddaddy” of them all, at least in size, is the Fryeburg Fair. Harness horse racing is a staple at the major fairs: Bangor, Cumberland, Farmington, Fryeburg, Northern Maine, Oxford, Skowhegan, Topsham, and Windsor.

Skowhegan Fair (2001)

Skowhegan Fair (2001)

Skowhegan Fair (2001)

Skowhegan Fair (2001)

The Showhegan State Fair, held in August, is nearly 200 years old and claims to be the oldest agricultural fair in Maine.

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Additional resources

Fryeburg Fair Book Committee. Fryeburg Fair: First 150 Years, 1851-2000. Fryeburg, Me. West Oxford Agricultural Society. c2000. [Maine State Library]

Hayes, Earle R. Windsor Fair, Windsor, Maine: A History. Windsor, Me. 1970. [Maine State Library]

Hayes, Earle R. “Windsor Fair” Windsor, Maine: A History of the First 100 Years. Maine. 1989? [Maine State Library]

Lunt, C. Richard K., collector. [Maine folklife survey videotape], Summer 1980. (Cataloger Note: Video recording of horse pulling at the Blue Hill Fair, August, 1980. Maine Folklife Survey.) [University of Maine. Maine Folk Life Center]

Mattoon, Donald P. The First Century Union Fair … 1869-1969. 1969? [Maine State Library]

Somerset Central Agricultural Society. Schedule of Premiums and Rules and Regulations of the Somerset Central Agricultural Society’s Annual Cattle Show and Fair to be held at Skowhegan, Maine Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, October 1, 2, and 3, 1889. [University of Maine, Raymond H. Fogler Library, Special Collections]

Skowhegan, Me. Reporter Steam Print. 1889.

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