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Blue Hill
Web exclusive, August 22, 2013
Blue Hill Fair to open August 29
Brings new events, old favorites

The Midway at the Blue Hill Fair

With Blue Hill Mountain as its backdrop, the Midway—with games, food, music and rides for all ages—is always a crowd favorite at the Blue Hill Fair.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

The annual Blue Hill Fair opens its gates on Thursday, August 29, bringing preliminary auditions for Blue Hill Fair Idol to the grandstand, and ends Monday, September 2, with the return of the Night of Destruction monster truck show.

With a number of new attractions and established crowd favorites, the fair’s five fun-filled days of events (and don’t forget the food) are sure to provide entertainment for young and old alike.

There will be quilts, crafts, veggies and fruit exhibits inside the grandstand and exhibition halls, musical and family entertainment scattered throughout the fairgrounds, and antique tractor pulls, oxen scooting and motorcycle stunt teams at the grandstand track.

Celebrate 100 years of 4-H on Friday, August 30, with a cake contest at 7:30 p.m. at the Livestock area. Many special 4-H activities are planned throughout the weekend.

Before indulging in French fries and dough boys on Saturday, August 31, make sure to sign up for the inaugural Wilbur’s Run, a 5K race and fun run named after the fuzzy pink star of the late Brooklin author E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. To learn about preregistering, call the Blue Hill branch of the Down East YMCA at 374-2248 for more information or stop in during business hours.

Saturday is also Wild Blueberry Day at the fair. Start with blueberry pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. A Wild Blueberry Pie Contest will be judged on Saturday, August 31, at 1 p.m. at the Exhibition Hall. If you’d rather eat than make pie, the Blueberry Pie Eating Contest starts at 6 p.m. that same day.

On Sunday, stop at the fair for favorites such as the Disc-Connected K-9’s, Hot Dog Pig Racing and the Great Maine Lumberjack Show (also performing throughout the five days at various times). The day ends with the “Mammoth Ariel Fireworks” at 9 p.m.

On Monday take advantage of the wristband special from 2 to 9 p.m. with unlimited mechanical rides for one price. Stay for the headline act: “Night of Destruction” monster truck show at 6 p.m.

For more information and a complete list of fair activities and events click here to view the annual Blue Hill Fair Handbook.