For the summer of 2020, most Maine agricultural fairs have cancelled their on-site activities. Check local listings to find out what your favorite fair is planning for virtual events this season, and use these suggestions to plan for summer 2021!
The sounds, the smells, the thrills! There’s no place quite like a Maine Agricultural Fair, and no better place to be a kid! Browse exhibits of local handiwork. Get up close to your favorite farm animals and meet your local farmer. Indulge in your favorite food. Then get in on the action by entering one of these popular children’s events! (Events are free with fair gate admission.)
Old McDonald’s Farm- Fryeburg Fair
Fryeburg Fair’s Old McDonald’s petting area is the place for children to make friends up close and personally with baby goats, chickens, rabbits and other small animals. Kids can sit in the hay and pat their favorites. So much fun and enjoyment for all with great photo ops! Parents can almost be guaranteed that their child will want to own farm animals after this experience!
Pig Scrambles (multiple fairs)
Lace up your running shoes and grab a burlap bag- there’s nothing more exhilarating (if you’re 8-12 years old) than catching a pig! A fair favorite is not only fun for participants, but for onlookers as well. Watch these kids get dirty as they try to outrun and outwit their piggy counterparts!
Eel Racing- New Portland Lions Fair
If you’ve got a fan of all things slimy in your group, this New Portland Lions Fair event is for you! A timed event, children catch as many slipper, elusive eels as they can and put them back in the bucket (where they belong!). The kid who fills the bucket with the most, wins!
Power Wheels Demo Derby- Piscataquis Valley Fair
Calling all little drivers for a crash em’, bang em’ up good time! The power wheels demo derby is the perfect fair event for your littlest thrill seeker. They’ll navigate their battery-operated vehicle amongst the others, popping balloons as they go. Be the last with a balloon intact and advance to the championship round and the Piscataquis Valley Fair!
Kiddie Tractor Pulls- Litchfield Fair
Does your little fairgoer have what it takes to pedal the distance? Girls and boys 30-50 pounds can test their strength in the Kiddie Tractor Pull! Pedal tractors are hooked to a weighted drag (just like the big ones!) and contestants see who has the leg power to go the furthest. Never underestimate a little one who really wants to win that toy tractor at the Litchfield Fair!