Maine Agricultural Fair Season begins June 27–28, with the Maple Meadow Fair Festival in Mapleton. Events include beekeeping, hops growing, horseshoeing, no till drill, pickling potatoes, horse dentistry, hay baling (with horses), live music, food vendors and more at the fair in Aroostook County. The Maple Meadow Fair is the season’s first of twenty-six fairs that take place over the summer and fall, concluding in October with Maine’s largest agricultural fair, the Fryeburg Fair.
“Maine agricultural fairs showcase our state’s agricultural interests and the communities they are located in,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The Maple Meadow Fair Festival and other Maine fairs held later this summer and fall, help highlight the continued growth of Maine agriculture and its contributions to our natural resource economy.”
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner Walt Whitcomb highlighted the continued growth of Maine agriculture demonstrated by USDA’s latest Census of Agriculture. “Maine agriculture is growing big and small, with more farmers and more farms in Maine since the last agricultural census was conducted,” said Whitcomb. “The market value of Maine’s agricultural products increased 24% in the last five years, from $617,190,000 to $763,062,000. Maine agricultural fairs are one of many opportunities throughout the year for young people and future farmers to learn about agriculture as a profession.”
Quick Facts about Maine’s 2015 Fair Season:
- Maine has 26 licensed fairs
- 860,000 people visited Maine fairs
- $1.56 Million in premiums went to exhibitors, directly impacting local economies
- Most northern fair: Northern Maine Fair – Presque Isle, ME
- Most southern fair: Acton Fair – Acton, ME
- Largest fair: Fryeburg Fair (304,500 visitors)
- 1,800+ pairs of professional cattle and horses pulled
- 3,000+ photographs & paintings were displayed in exhibit halls
To read a full schedule of events, click here.