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Historical Items

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Item 77461

Hartland Fairground, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Hartland Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Hartland Media: Photographic print

Item 77462

Hartland agricultural fairgrounds, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Hartland Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Hartland Media: Photographic print

Item 13821

Oxford County Fair, 4-H Club, 1976

Contributed by: Norway Historical Society Date: 1976-09-23 Location: Norway Media: Newsprint

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109771

Big New Maine State Fair, Lewiston, 1898-1918

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1898–1918 Location: Lewiston Client: unknown Architect: Harry S. Coombs; Coombs, Gibbs, and Wilkinson Architects

Item 111474

Bowdoin College Maine Festival elevations, Brunswick, 1986

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1986 Location: Brunswick Client: Bowdoin College Architect: Carol A. Wilson

Item 111319

Maine Building for Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, 1903

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1903–1904 Location: St. Louis Client: unknown Architect: John Calvin Stevens

Online Exhibits

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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.

Exhibit

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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"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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Story

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.

Story

Lionel "Toots" Bouthot: A life filled with music
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

From the age of 5, a lifetime of contributing to the musical fabric of Biddeford.

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Spiros Droggitis: From Biddeford to Washington DC and back
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

A Greek family's impact: from the iconic Wonderbar Restaurant to Washington DC