2017 Maine Fair Dates and Festival Schedule

Livestock, local food, agriculture, demolition derbies and live entertainment- these are just some of the things you will find at Maine’s fairs in 2017!  Maine’s agricultural fairs have something everyone in the family will enjoy!  

June

3 – 4 Maine Fiber Frolic at Windsor Fairgrounds
Celebrating fiber art with demonstrations including spinning and livestock shearing. Vendors sell fiber items, fiber animal exhibits, livestock demonstrations and for sale.
23 – 24 Maple Meadow Fair Festival at Mapleton, Maine
Agricultural fair featuring rural farm demonstrations, exhibits, 4-H, hay rides, horse drawn wagon rides, antique farm equipment displays and educational exhibits.

July

1 – 4 Houlton Fair 
A small fair, livestock, crafts, midway, and entertainment.
6 – 9 Ossipee Valley Fair in South Hiram, Maine
Old-fashion fair, unique exhibits, livestock, midway, drag racing, animal pull events.
14 – 16 Waterford World’s Fair in North Waterford, Maine
Small agricultural fair, local vendors, entertainment, and livestock petting area, local entertainment, demonstrations & exhibits.
20 – 23 Pittston Fair 
Small country fair, midway, animal pulling events, games, and Strawberry Festival.
28 – Aug 6 Bangor State Fair 
Large fair featuring a midway, animal exhibits, crafts, and flower show.

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Explore the Maine Oyster Trail, eat fresh Maine oysters!

oystertrailDo you love oysters?  Then you’ll love the Maine Oyster Trail, a new tourism trail designed to help people find Maine oyster farms and restaurants in that offer the delicious, fresh shellfish.

About Maine Farmed Oysters

There are two species of oysters that grow in Maine.  The Eastern oyster (also called the Atlantic oyster) is native to Maine and has been a favorite in Maine for centuries, as seen by the large shell middens which line river banks along our coastal shore.  Belon oysters (also called European oysters or European Flat) are native to the Belon River in France and were brought to Maine by scientists in the 1950’s.  Only around 5,000 Belon oysters are harvested in Maine each year.

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Fresh Glidden Point Oysters.

Oysters can vary in flavor depending on where they were harvested (similar to clams or scallops) and by species.  Oyster flavors are named after the region they were harvested, such as Glidden Point, Dodge Cove, Norumbega, Pemaquid Wawenauk, Wiley Point, Whaleback Cocktail, Bagaduce, Little Island, Gay Island, Flying Points, North Haven, Winter Point and Taunton Bay oysters.  There is no one flavor that is “better” than another- just like wine, one person may prefer the flavor of oysters from one location while another prefers oysters from another, yet both are delicious!

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Maine 2016 Fair Date Schedule

Livestock, local food, agriculture and live entertainment!  These are just some of the things you will find at Maine’s fairs in 2016.  

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June

3 & 4 Maine Fiber Frolic @ Windsor Fairgrounds
Celebrating fiber art with demonstrations including spinning and livestock shearing. Vendors sell fiber items, fiber animal exhibits, livestock demonstrations and for sale.
25 – 26 Maple Meadow Fair Festival @ Mapleton, Maine
Agricultural fair featuring rural farm demonstrations, exhibits, 4-H, hay rides, horse drawn wagon rides, antique farm equipment displays and educational exhibits.

July

1 – 4 Houlton Fair @ Houlton, Maine
Small fair, livestock, crafts, midway and entertainment.
7 – 10 Ossipee Valley Fair @ South Hiram, Maine
Old-fashion fair, unique exhibits, livestock, midway, drag racing, animal pull events.
15 – 17 Waterford World’s Fair @ North Waterford, Maine
Small agricultural fair, local vendors, entertainment and livestock petting area, local entertainment, demonstrations & exhibits.
21 – 24 Pittston Fair @ Pittston, Maine
Small country fair, midway, animal pulling events, games, and Strawberry Festival.
29-Aug 7 Bangor State Fair @ Bangor, Maine
Large fair featuring a midway, animal exhibits, crafts and flower show.

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2016 Maine Lobster Boat Race Schedule

Come watch something your whole family will enjoy and remember this summer- lobster boats races along the coast of Maine!  Boats compete against each other in classes based on boat/engine size and are fun to watch from the water or from land.  Scroll down to see the full 2016 race schedule. Watch past lobster boat races here: … Read more

Explore Maine’s Downeast Fisheries Trail

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Discover Maine’s maritime heritage along The Downeast Fisheries Trail which ranges from Penobscot Bay to Cobscook Bay (Searsport to Eastport). Created in 2000, the trail explores 45 sites including working waterfronts, museums, fish hatcheries and natural places including state parks (see below for complete list).  The trail highlights the fishery industry now and then, guiding visitors from active, working waterfronts to historical museums and scenic landmarks.

The trail explores the fishing industry in Hancock and Washington counties, which together employ the most commercial fishermen in the state, with Maine as a whole employing more than ten times the national percentage!

Following The Downeast Fisheries Trail you will discover how fishermen harvest lobster, clams, eels, alewives, smelt, crabs, herring, halibut, shrimp, scallops, urchins, worms, whelks and seaweed.  The trail also explores sea farming including Atlantic salmon, mussels and oysters.

Click here for a link to the Downeast Fisheries Trail Map which includes site locations and descriptions.

DEFisheriesClick here to visit the Downeast Fisheries Trail Facebook page for up-to-date information and events!

Here is a list of the 45 sites.  Click any site for more information:

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