SKOWHEGAN – Most regions of the country only have four seasons. But in Maine we have a few extra seasons!
Of course there’s mud season and don’t forget pothole season. Some people think one of the best seasons is “State Fair Season.”
One State Fair here Maine that’s the longest running state fair in America and gets underway today.
When the first tickets are sold Thursday, it will mark the 199th edition of the Skowhegan State Fair. Yes, you can find plenty of traditional fair food and amusement rides.
Skowhegan State Fair president Tom Dillon stated “The Skowhegan State Fair is very family friendly. You won’t see clutter and litter over the midways. You’ll almost feel at home.”
This fair is the longest consecutively running agriculture fair in the country.
There will be a poultry barn, a 4-H Club exhibit, and a flower show. Besides ribbons, winners of the flower show can take home cash prizes. Coordinator Donna Hendricks said “It ranges from like five to one dollar.”
You’ll certainly find a lot of local organizations operating food booths on this fairground.
Any agricultural state fair in Maine worth it’s salt will have livestock. Well, I scoured the barns on the Skowhegan Fairgrounds and by mid-morning all I could find was this pair of oxen behind me. But you can bet by the time the gates open all the barns will be loaded with a variety of animals.
Those animals, named Hill and Billy, are owned by 11-year-old Nick Stitham of Newport. The fifth-grader hopes he’ll go home with more blue ribbons to add to his collection. He stated “It’s fun. It’s more fun than sitting at home playing video games.”
By noon Wednesday, more animals already were making their way to temporary homes on the fairgrounds.