Maine’s Largest Fair Returns and It’s Bigger and Better Than Ever Before
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You know I'm talking about the 172nd Annual Fryeburg Fair.
The Fryeburg Fair was started actually in March of 1851 when a few local farmers and merchants got together and decided to show off their harvest, produce, cattle and wares to the community. It's grown just a tiny bit. The Fryeburg Fair is Maine's largest agriculture fair and the second biggest in New England only to the Big E (Eastern States in Massachusetts).
Today the Fryeburg Fair sits on 185 acres and has over 100 buildings. The eight-day fair hosts over 3,000 animals including prize-winning draft horses, ponies, racing horses, oxen, dairy & beef cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, rabbits, and much more. Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic is always during the first week in October. Fryeburg Fair has just a bit more happening since back in 1851 when William Walker of Lovell won $3 for the best acre of corn and William Spring of Brownfield earned $1 for the best seed wheat.
They didn't even mention the food! You can get pretty anything you want; most of it will be on a stick or deep fried! Or the size worthy of a blue ribbon.
Love 'em or hate 'em, they've got those walkable turkey legs! The food that comes with the stick on the inside!
This is an agricultural fair and animals are a huge part of it. If you are an animal lover, it's hard not to fall in love over and over and over. The fair seems at times like a reminder of how life used to be. Where animals fed you and helped you farm your land. There is such respect for the sweet animals.
And of course the rides and Medway. The rides are now all set up and ready to go. Here's the Ferris wheel before it was completed.
Nearly 300,000 people come to the Fryeburg Fair every year. Be prepared to hit traffic and walk a bit from your parking spot. But you'll forget all about the hassle as soon as you walk through the gate.