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175th Farmington Fair opens Sunday

Chloe Venter, 14, has been named the winner of the 4H poster contest with her drawing of animals on the fairgrounds.

Chloe Venter, 14, has been named the winner of the 4H poster contest with her drawing of animals on the fairgrounds.

Madison Weston, 6, of Fayette, competes in the barrel racing with Charmin at the Farmington Fair on Sunday. Barrel racing, hosted by the Maine Barrel Association, made its first showing at the fair, replacing team penning.

Madison Weston, 6, of Fayette, competes in the barrel racing in 2014. Barrel racing, hosted by the Maine Barrel Association, made its first showing at the fair last year.

FARMINGTON - The 175th annual Farmington Fair is ready to roll this weekend, featuring laser tag, barrel racing and 'Drag Your Neighbor' as well as a fireworks show Sunday evening.

“This is a monumental year for us and we, of course, think it will be the best fair ever,” said Tom Sawyer, vice president of the association.

Events planned for this year’s fair include the return of some of last year's favorites, such as G-Force Laser Tag and barrel racing, as well as old standbys like horse and oxen pulls, livestock shows and the Miss Farmington Fair contest. A fireworks show will mark the conclusion of the first day of the fair, beginning at dusk.

Special events include Monday's Agriculture Education Day, featuring $15 a Midway Ride Special from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Danny Taylor & Taylor Made Music as well as Drag Your Neighbor.

Sept. 22 brings $2 Tuesday: $2 at the gate, $2 per ride, as well as a baking competition, Lori Pelletier Bonnevie, the annual Firemen’s Muster and pro-wrestling.

Wednesday features a $20 Midway Ride Special, running from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m. Horse twitching & Scooting, a draft horse pull and a horse vs. oxen event headline a busy day at the pulling ring.

Thursday brings the annual Sheep Show, truck and tractor pulls, as well as Lighthouse Jubilee and two walkabout bagpipers. Seniors ages 62 and up get in for $2.

The fair will play host to a variety of agricultural events Friday, including horse pulls, the annual Beef Exhibit, the 4-H Goat Show and more Truck/Tractor Pull. Live music will be provided by the Off the Hill Band.

Saturday is the Demolition Derby at the large grandstand, sponsored by NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, Hight Chevrolet, Farmington Ford and Health Quest Chiropractic. Shavings are provided by Irving Forest Products of Dixfield and portable communication is donated by Hussey Communication of Winslow. Other events include Dairy Goat Show, Youth Poultry Show, Oxen Pull, Draft Horse Show, 3 Horse Hitch Pull and Mutton Bustin’ Kids (7-8 years).

This year, the weekly ticket prices will be as follows:
Adult Week Pass - $35. Admits one person (age 12 years and up). This does not include parking.
Youth Week Pass - $10. Admits one person (age 8-11 years old).
Family Ticket - $60. Admits purchaser, significant other and minor children (under 18 years). Doesn't include voting/parking.
Voting Member Ticket - $100. Good for one year. This does not include parking.

Daily admission prices will be as follows:
12 and up - $6
8 - 11 - $2
7 and under - free.
62 and up (Tues./Thurs.) - $2
Parking - $3

Click here for more information about the Farmington Fair. See the complete schedule below.

Workers setting up the Ferris Wheel at the Farmington Fairgrounds.

Fair Schedule

Note: Museums and Exhibition Hall open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Saturday. Barnyard animals Sunday to Saturday in Livestock Area. No vehicles on the Midway after 10 a.m.

SUNDAY (Sept. 20)
8:30 a.m. - 4-H Working Steer Pull - P.R.
10 a.m. - Barrel Racing - S.R.
10 a.m. - Steer & Oxen 2100, 2500 and under - P.R.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
11 a.m. - 4-H Working Steer Show – W.A.
12 - 2 p.m. - Arizona Rose & Rick Rich - P
1 p.m. - Oxen 2900, 3300 and under, kids class, oxen Canadian percentage pull - P.R.
1 p.m. - Midway open
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths - M.
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing – R.G.
2 p.m. - 4-H Dog Show - W.A.
3 – 5 p.m. - Barry Wood – P
6 – 7 p.m. - Nickels & Dimes - P
6:30 p.m. - Miss Farmington Fair Pageant - P.R.
Dusk - Fireworks!
Maple Syrup demonstrations daily, check sap house for schedule. The Western Maine Beekeepers will be at the museum.

MONDAY (Sept. 21) - Agriculture Education Day
9 a.m. - 4-H Horse Show - S.R.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths - M.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Mike Chase, “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
10 a.m. - Oxen 3700 and under – P.R.
12 - 2 p.m. - The Crosbys - P
1 p.m. - Oxen Sweepstakes – P.R.
2 p.m. - Midway open - Ride Specials 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. $15
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing – R.G.
2 p.m. - 2900 and under 6ft elimination – P.R.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Danny Taylor & Taylor Made Music – P.
3:30 p.m. - Oxen 3300 and under 6 ft elimination -P.R.
4 p.m. - 4-H Dairy - W.A.
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - Hutchinson & Burk - P.
6:30 p.m. - Drag Your Neighbor - R.G.
6:30 p.m. - Oxen 3700 and under and over elimination - P.R.

TUESDAY (Sept. 22) - Senior Citizens Day (62 and older $2) as well as $2 Tuesday at the gate and rides
9 a.m. - Farmer's Steer & Ox Scooting - P.R.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Mountain Blacksmiths - M.
10 a.m - 5 p.m - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
10:30 a.m. - Exhibition of Best Oxen & Steer Teams – S.R.
10:30 a.m. - Exhibition of Registered Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire, Guernsey, Shorthorn - W.A
12 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Kayla Wass Band - P.
12 p.m. - Farmer's Steer & Ox Pull – P.R.
12:30 p.m. - Best and Best Matched Oxen and Steers. Beef Oxen and Steers. - S. R.
1 p.m. - Baking Competition - E.
2 p.m. - Midway Open
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing - R.G.
3 - 4 p.m. - Two Walk About Bag Pipers - P
3 - 5 p.m. - Barry Wood - P
6 - 7 p.m. - Lori Pelletier Bonnevie - P.
6:30 p.m. - Firemen’s Muster - R.G.
7 - 9 p.m. - Pro - Wrestling - P.R.

WEDNESDAY (Sept. 23) - Ride Special
9 a.m. - Horse Twitching - P.R.
10 a.m. - Horse Scooting - P.R.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths - M.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
11 a.m. - Farmer's Draft Horse Pull – P.R.
12 - 2 p.m. - The Crosbys - P.
1 p.m. - Horse Pull 2900, 3000 and under – P.R.
1 p.m. - Midway open – Ride Special 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. $20
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing – R.G.
2:30 p.m. - 4-H Swine Show followed by Market Swine Show – S.B.
2 – 4 p.m. - Dan Grady's Marionettes – Strolling
3:30 p.m. - Horse Pull 3000, 12 ft. elimination – P.R.
3 – 5 p.m. - Barry Wood - P.
4 p.m. - 4-H Sheep Show followed by Market Lamb Show – S.B.
5 p.m. - Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull - P. R.
6 - 7 p.m. - Chris Fyfe - P.
6:30 p.m. - Horse vs. Ox, 6 ft sweepstakes - P.R.

THURSDAY, Sept. 24 - Senior Citizens Day (62 and older $2)
9 a.m. - Sheep Show - S.B.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths - M.
10:30 a.m. - Horse Pull 3100 and under – P.R.
12 - 2 p.m. - Lighthouse Jubilee - P.
1 p.m. - Horse Pull 3200 and under & 2 lb of Rock - P.R.
1 p.m. - Baking - E.
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing - R.G.
3 p.m. - Midway open
3 - 4 p.m. - Two Walk About Bag Pipers - P
3 - 5 p.m. - Sammi Angel - P.
4 p.m. - 4-H Baby Beef Show followed by 4-H Beef Heifer show Market Steer Show - W.A.
6 - 7 p.m. - Paul Bright - P.
6:30 p.m. - Truck & Tractor Pull - R.G.
7 p.m. - Horse Pull 3100 & under, 12 ft. elimination 2 hitch - P.R.

FRIDAY (Sept. 25)
10 a.m. - Exhibition of Aberdeen Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Devon, Chianina, Shorthorn, Simmental, Belted Galloway- W.A.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” - M.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths
10:30 a.m. - Horse Pull 3300 & under – P.R.
12 – 2 p.m. - Sammi Angel - P.
1 p.m. - Horses Pull 3300 & under & Sweepstakes - P. R.
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing – R.G.
3 p.m. - Midway open
3 p.m. - 4-H Dairy Goat Show – W.A.
3 - 5 p.m. - Barry Wood – P.
6 - 7 p.m. - Off the Hill Band – P.
6:30 p.m. - 4-H Market Lamb, Steer & Hog Show & Sale - S.B.
6:30 p.m. - Truck/Tractor Pull - R.G.
6:30 p.m. - Horse Pull 3300 lbs - under/over 12 feet elimination – P.R.

SATURDAY (Sept. 26)
9 a.m. - Heart of Maine Dairy Goat Show
9 a.m. - Poultry Show - Youth
10 a.m. - Midway open
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Randy & Travis Pinkham - P.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Western Maine Blacksmiths - M.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Mike Chase “Alderun Wood Creations” -M.
10 a.m. - Oxen 1800 lbs & under, 6' percentage pull - P.R.
10 a.m. - Draft Horse Show - S.R.
12 p.m. - Mutton Bustin' kids, 7-8 yrs old – P.R.
1 p.m. - 3 Horse distance pull - P.R.
1 - 3 p.m. - Davidson Country Line - P.
2 p.m. - Pari-Mutuel Racing - R.G.
7 p.m. Demolition Derby- R.G. Sponsored by NAPA Auto & Truck Parts, Hight Chevrolet, Farmington Ford & Health Quest Chiropractic.

LOCATION KEY
E - Exhibit Hall
P. - Park
P.R. - Pulling Ring
R.G. - Race Grandstand
S.B. - Sheep/Hog Barn
S.R. - Show Ring
S. - Stage
W.A. - Worthley Arena
M. - Museum

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14 Responses »

  1. What is the price for an adult ticket for 1 day? What is the price for a child ticket for 1 day?

  2. We've added the daily prices.

  3. Congratulations Chloe Venter! Your poster is beautifully done!!

  4. I love the poster! Very well done, and really captures the true spirit of the fair!

  5. Never nothing new same o same o

  6. Can someone explain what a voting member ticket is? Thanks.

  7. Let's not quable over prices support your local farmers and be sure to Thank Tom White and his crew for making it the finest looking property in Franklin County and Paul Sabin for keeping the lights on. Happy 175th

  8. Fireworks on Sunday is something new . >

  9. awesome job on the poster, Chloe,, much talent displayed here..

  10. Wow, that is a great poster by Chloe Venter! Nice work, Chloe.

  11. Love your poster, Chloe!

  12. Exceptionally well done poster Ms. Chloe Venter! Love it!

  13. Love the poster! Is there a way to get a copy?

  14. Can anybody tell me what time the harness racing concludes each day?

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