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Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Stanley Museum on deposit at Maine Historical Society
Media: Lantern slide
The novelty of organized auto racing came to Maine in 1911 with a hill-climbing event in Poland and speed racing at Old Orchard Beach. Drivers and cars came from all over New England for these events.
Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.
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The grandstand was built in 1883. In 1897 the grandstand caught fire, but it was re-built the next year and made to seat 5,000 people.
In 1965 the field did not have a grandstand anymore; a new backstop was constructed. The town field is located along Water Street.
There was a large grandstand for watching the ball game, while hundreds of cars would also park in the outfield.