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Agricultural Attractions

Agricultural Fairs

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Maine farmers are the stewards of 1.25 million acres of land, helping feed families across the state from the bounty of 6,000 farms. From July to October, you can enjoy the many fruits of their labors at one of the state's 26 agricultural fairs. You can see the winner of the largest pumpkin contest, buy prize-winning handmade crafts, and get award-winning recipes. You can try homemade treats that showcase local blueberries and maple syrup or indulge in such classic fair foods as sausage, cotton candy and fried dough—just be sure to go whirling on the midway rides before you sample the food!

You can see some of the future farmers of Maine by watching youths continue the 100-year-old tradition of competing in 4-H exhibits and livestock shows—or you can jump into the action yourself by participating in a pig or calf scramble. You can also test your skills at one of the carnival and arcade games. If you'd rather cheer from the sidelines, you can choose from pulling events to harness racing to woodsmen's contests. If you'd prefer a relaxing day you can watch parades and fireworks—or you can choose to dance the day away to the fair's musical entertainment.