In Maine, the Fryeburg Fair is the biggest and grandest of fairs. People come from all over the country. In fact, it’s estimated that 300,000 people come annually to attend the Fryeburg Fair, which began in 1851. It is very common for Mainers to take a weekday off from work to go, because the crowds on the weekends are so intense that both parking and navigating the fair can be problematic. My husband took last Thursday as a vacation day, and off we went. Disclaimer: It is absolutely impossible to capture the breadth of the Fryeburg Fair in a short blog, but what follows is a photo introduction.
First things first. Edna Olmstead, who hooks with us on Tuesdays, and who makes our super popular flannel frame covers and felt snip containers, won two blue ribbons in the hooked rug category at the fair. I had the privilege of seeing Edna working on both of these pieces, and photos can not do them justice. Additionally, I had to shoot them through a glass case, but you get the idea.
There were so many skills, handcrafts and trades represented at the fair it was mind boggling. Here are some of the examples I found particularly interesting.
There are so many animals at the Fryeburg Fair. The Wikipedia entry on this fair says that it may have the largest number of oxen, for example. I did not photograph the oxen, I’m sorry to say. Had I known of their claim to fame at this fair I might have. However, I did photograph many of the other animals.
First, the cows…
Sheep. I love sheep. After all, they are where our wool comes from.
Poultry. Although we have twenty-one hens at the Parris House, I find that I am only partial to my own. Not that crazy about a building full of others for some reason.
I know there are some of you who came to our page via also being fans of Beekman 1802. Here are your goat pics.
Let’s not forget the cool old vehicles…
Before I end, I want to just throw a trivia question out here. What are these two things, what do they have in common, and what are they each used for? The Mainers will all know.
This is my last country fair post of the season. I did not make the Common Ground Fair in September because we were at Harvest Festival in Sharon Springs, NY instead. Common Ground would be the other contender for grandest fair in Maine, although with a decidedly different (and wonderful) character.
Foliage is at or near peak in many places in Maine right now, the air is crisp, and the scents of the outdoors are pretty intoxicating. I hope if you haven’t already, some of you will share in fall and fair season in Maine.