Fall is Fair season in Maine, and we’re not talking about the beautiful cool sunny days or the calm seas and turning leaves. No, we’re talking food fairs, craft fairs, agricultural fairs – where folks come from far and wide to enjoy rides, harvests, handmade goods, see livestock and live shows – often all that in the same day. Maine is very proud of its heritage and homemade art, crafts, food and fun – and there is no better place to witness all of this than a Maine fair, ayuh.
September Wells Annual Laudholm Nature Craft Fair at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, now in its 28th year, crafts people show their wares at this beautiful farm on a natural slat water estuarine.
September Cappricio in Ogunquit is a town-wide festival of art, music, poetry, ballet, live theater, craft fairs and food, plus concerts. Ogunquit’ Festival of Kites is a highlight.
September Old Orchard Beach Bikefest on the Pier – a fair for bike fans with motorcycles, parts, people and music on display by the beach.
September Litchfield Fair is a classic Maine Country fair with midway, animal exhibits, pulling events. and of course fair food
September Oxford County Fair offers rides on the midway, Maine fair food, livestock shows, crafts, exhibits and harness racing.
September New Portland Lion’s Fair – North New Portland. Midway with rides, exhibit hall, animal and tractor pulls, Maine crafts, livestock exhibits and fair food
September Common Ground Fair in Unity celebrates rural life and farming with demonstrations, Maine organic-produced foods, crafts and livestock on display.
September-October Cumberland Fair is a big one, with large exhibit halls, a midway with games, rides and prizes, plus food, crafts, livestock exhibits. animal pulling events and harness racing.
October Fryeburg Fair is the big daddy of all Maine fairs, the fair to which all others in New England compare. This is Maine’s largest agricultural fair, a Blue Ribbon Classic, that last over a week and spans acres – folks come out of the word (as the saying goes) to attend this fairest of fairs. Fryeburg Fair, started in 1851, features a midway of rides, games and fair food, plus crafts, local products, farming equipment and livestock, and nightly entertainment with top name live bands. The pig scramble and harness racing are top attractions – so is the people-watching and the fired dough, or watching the local Maine people eat fried dough!
October Kennebunk Harvestfest is a family fair with a day dedicated to crafts, a farmers market, kids games, costume parade, climbing wall, and music in downtown Kennebunk.
October Sunday River’s Fall Festival – Maine’s ski mountains come alive in fall with music, food and crafts, plus the annual North American Wife Carrying Championships at this annul peak foliage Columbus weekend.
October Portland Harvest on the Harbor is a fancier fair featuring food- Maine’s best chefs compete to create the prize winning cuisine while patrons get to taste, sip and see a view of the water. Th pricey tickets, $465 for the whole event, is far higher than Fryburg’s $10 bucks a day, but this swank foodee event is a fundraiser for End Hunger in Maine.
So let’s be fair, there’s a fair for everyone in the fall in Maine! For lodging on the southern Maine Coast during your fall fair visit, check out our lodging in Wells, Ogunquit, places to stay in Kennebunk and Kennebunkport, Old Orchard Beach, Portland and hotels all over Maine.
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