Fryeburg Fair is the “Maine” Attraction This Week in the Sebago Lake Region of Maine

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Real Estate Agent with Anne Plummer and Associates

It's Fair Week in Fryeburg, Maine!

Known as Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic, the Fryeburg Fair is an 8-day agricultural fair held on 185 acres in the Saco River Valley.

Gates open at 7 a.m. and night shows begin at 8 p.m. This year's night entertainment includes NewFound Grass, Heartland, Kristy Lee Cook, The Kokomo Beach Show and Jamey Johnson.

The Fryeburg Fair has been a grand event for the last 159 years! It offers a piece of Americana that you shouldn't miss.

What's more fun than watching kids show their sheep, men exclaim over the latest in log splitting equipment and women compete in the skillet throw. Yes, the skillet throw. And one of the winners this year was . . . Kim Hanauer of Durham, N.C. It was Kim's first ever skillet throw and she tossed it 62-feet, 9-inches!! That's a long way to throw a heavy pan.

Roam the fairgrounds and you'll find games, rides, music, exhibits, pie contests, bright lights, brilliant colors and . . . fair food! Can't you just smell the popcorn, cotton candy and deep-fried oil? Or the Italian sausage sandwiches smothered in peppers and onions. My mouth waters for the Sunflower Farm pizza loaded with black olives and garlic. Oh, you can get pepperoni or plain, but trust me, the black olive and garlic is sooooooo good.

And the midway takes me back to my kid days. It's a wonderland of flashing lights, ringing bells and buzzing buzzers. Of course, no midway is complete without the "carnies" shouting, "Step right up. Everybody's a winner. Tons of prizes. Step right up."

Energy Row is back, adjacent to the Natural Resource Center, with renewable energy options on display including wind power, solar photoelectric panels, wood pellets and systems, outdoor wood and corn furnaces, generator power systems, geo-thermal power, gasification boilers and energy-efficient solar homes.

Parking is not an issue. You can either support local folks and organizations by parking on their lawns for a fee, or park at the fairgrounds for $5.

The Fryeburg Fair will run through Sunday, October 11th. Admission is $8 for adults, except $10 on Saturday and free for children under 12. So . . . this is your last chance to attend an agricultural fair in Maine this fair season.

Come roam the fairgrounds and eat some foods that you normally wouldn't eat. Visit the exhibit halls. Tour the museums. Marvel at the animals. Enjoy the people. Have fun.

FMI: 207.935.3268, www.fryeburgfair.com, camping: 207.935.2912.
www.newfoundgrass.com, www.heartlandband.com, www.kristyleecook.com, www.myspace.com/jameyjohnson.

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