It’s fair season in Maine, and this is usually the first of a few that we attend in the fall. The Oxford County Fair is closest to the Parris House, only about five miles away in neighboring Oxford. It’s a lot of fun, a place to see old friends and meet new people with common interests. We went last night, Friday night, and took a few pics. Hope you enjoy this little photo tour of the Oxford County Fair, a Maine tradition which dates back to 1842. – Beth
This is a Maine fair, so, of course, lots of items with moose motifs.
Interior of the home and agricultural museum display. Interestingly, I have quite a few of the type of items on display that I actively use in my home. 🙂
Apple press. I kinda want one.
This is a yarn swift of a type I had never seen before. I’m sure some of you have.
Those 19th century square cut nails are pretty much the type holding the Parris House together, and they also surface out of the garden every year here.
Display by the lovely Katey Branch and the Alan Day Community Garden of Norway, Maine.
Beautiful display by A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm of Sumner, Maine.
Spectacular blue ribbon rug hooked by our own Maine hooker Edna Olmstead (who also brings you our wonderful flannel frame covers). Design by Brenda Sauro of the Painted Mermaid studio in South Paris, Maine.
Incredible display of quilting square designs used during the 19th century as signals to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Quilts would be hung outdoors along the way to indicate the route, safe havens, etc.
More spectacular quilts.
This is truly almost a lost art. Breathtaking.
Blue ribbon preserves!
Another blue ribbon rug by Edna Olmstead.
These needle felted pieces done by children were in the 4H center. I love seeing the work of the next generation of wool artisans.
Exterior of the museum.
Museum entrance. Always a treat.
Oxford County Agricultural Museum
Oxford County’s bear symbol.
Poultry display. That rooster is my favorite kind – fake. I just like to keep hens.
This is the part of the fair my sons like best. 🙂
Western Maine is known for its gem mines. We have a great deal of quartz, amethyst, and tourmaline in these mountains.
These little ones were looking for a hand out.
They have such sweet faces.
I think we sometimes forget where our wool comes from.
This one was conversing with my husband.
Alpacas. So soft.
Belted Galloways. My favorite cows.
These horses were magnificent.
This is the pulling barn. I like to watch the draft horse pulls, but we were not there at the right time for that.
No Maine fair is complete without a sugar house.
Maine maple syrup made in to an endless array of goodies.
Another view of the midway.