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Keywords: Maine State Fair

Historical Items

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Item 104209

Central Maine Fair flyer, Waterville, 1921

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1921 Location: Waterville Media: Ink on paper

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Item 28978

Maine State Fair premium list, Lewiston, 1910

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1910 Location: Lewiston Media: Ink on paper

Item 28976

Catalog of Maine State Fair, Portland, 1856

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1856 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper


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Fair Season: Crops, Livestock, and Entertainment

Agricultural fairs, intended to promote new techniques and better farming methods, have been held since the early 19th century. Before long, entertainments were added to the educational focus of the early fairs.


State of Mind: Becoming Maine

The history of the region now known as Maine did not begin at statehood in 1820. What was Maine before it was a state? How did Maine separate from Massachusetts? How has the Maine we experience today been shaped by thousands of years of history?


The World's Largest Oxen

Named for the two largest things in Maine at the turn of the 20th century, Mt. Katahdin and Granger of Stetson, were known as the Largest Oxen in the World. Unable to do farm work because of their size, they visited fairs and agricultural events around the Northeast.

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Blue Hill, Maine - A Real Downeast County Fair

… entire stock of rides, as it does for other Maine fairs. The photo on the left is of a hot air balloon that got away as it was being filled and…

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Mantor Library, University of Maine Farmington

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Northern Maine Fair Memories - Page 1 of 3

All the families went. Dot said that now there are so many other things families can do that the Northern Maine Fair is not that important to them…

My Maine Stories

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How the first chapter Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine
by Doug Rawlings

Veterans for Peace was founded in Maine and is now an international movement


Masters and apprentices
by Theresa Secord

Wabanaki basket makers learn to weave by apprenticing with master artists.


Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.