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Category: Public Events & Celebrations, Fairs & Festivals

Historical Items

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Item 1047

Crowd at Norridgewock

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Norridgewock Media: Photographic print

Item 8736

North Waterford World's Fair, 1906

Contributed by: Waterford Historical Society Date: 1906 Location: Waterford Media: Postcard

Item 10896

Houlton Fair officials, 1914

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

Exhibits

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.