Agricultural fairs have played an important social and economic role in rural communities for many years, and in Maine, the Fryeburg Fair is one of the oldest events in this great tradition. Now, as fall approaches, it is once again time to start gearing up for the Fryeburg Fair.
The Fryeburg Fair is widely considered to be one of the best agricultural fairs in the country, and also serves as the largest agricultural fair in the state of Maine. The fair is held for eight days each October in Fryeburg, this year running from Oct. 2-9. Founded in 1851, this year is the Fryeburg Fair’s 166th year. More than 300,000 visitors attend the fair annually, and many fairgoers choose to stay right at the fair, taking advantage of the 3,000 campsites that are available at the fairgrounds.
Visiting the Fryeburg Fair is always a good time, whether you are new to the area or a lifelong resident. More than 3,000 animals are brought to the fair each year, including rabbits, poultry, hogs, goats, sheep, horses and cattle. The fair’s Woodsmen’s Field Day, which includes competition in more than 30 wood skills, is the largest spectator woodsmen program in the country.
In addition to the 9,000 square feet of commercial exhibit space, the fair also features a variety of entertainment like 4×4 pulls, pari-mutuel harness racing, tractor pulls, fireman’s musters, a milking parlor, cooking contests, calf and pig scrambles and so much more. No matter what interests a person has, the Fryeburg Fair has something for everyone. Whether you have lived here for your whole life or are new to the community, make plans now to attend the Fryeburg Fair.
The fair is just one of the many great events that residents in the Thompson Lake area look forward to each year. The region is full of natural beauty, fun activities and so much more, making it a delightful place to live, whether for a season in a vacation home or year round as your permanent residence. Learn more about finding a beautiful house and making the area your home by calling me today at 207-240-9196.
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