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Historical Items

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Item 10721

Abbot Agricultural Fair

Contributed by: Abbot Historical Society Date: 1921 Location: Abbot Media: Photographic print

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 11113

Houlton Fair scene with banner for That Strange Girl Dolly

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1914-08-25 Location: Houlton Media: Photographic print


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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.


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.


"We are growing to be somewhat cosmopolitan..." Waterville, 1911

Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.

Site Pages

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Blue Hill, Maine - A Real Downeast County Fair

What most people don’t know is that the fair described in the book is the Blue Hill Fair! E.B White lived just down the road in Brooklin.

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Fair souvenir, Farmington Public Library, 1890

Fair souvenir, Farmington Public Library, 1890 Contributed by Farmington Public Library Description The newly formed Library Association…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Franklin County Agricultural Fair

It is still an agricultural fair with livestock, horse pulling, tractor pulling, an exhibition hall for crafts and food goods.

My Maine Stories

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How Belfast was the Chicken Capital of the Northeast
by Ralph Chavis

My memories of spending time in Belfast as a child when my father worked in the chicken industry.


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.