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Fall Fun at the Fryeburg Fair

        • a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment.

a competitive exhibition of livestock, agricultural products, and household skills held annually by a town, county, or state and also featuring entertainment and educational displays.

There is nothing more fall then going to a fair. It screams quintessential New England. Oh there are many different types of fairs, from craft fairs, to food fairs, to animal fairs. They generally happen year round, but living on the New Hampshire/Maine border for the first twenty years of my life, the event of fall was the Fryeburg Fair the week before Columbus Day.




Then there are the staples with rides, games, and food. Oh the food! Gorging oneself on fried dough, candy apples, fries, hot dogs, and all the FDA non approved foods a person can consume. Entertainment, and of course the fair goods: various home made products mixed amongst the prizes that you have to win, but will ever use again.

Going home for Columbus day weekend wasn’t just a chance to meet my niece. It was an opportunity to do things uniquely New England this time of year. Which meant I had to go to the Fryeburg Fair which is considered one of the best Agricultural Fairs in the States and definitely in Maine. While there are times when I have skipped it. Usually due to adverse weather conditions. This year was absolutely exquisite especially since this year had some of the best foliage we had seen in a long while. The trees were twinkling with vibrant colors, the temperatures were warm, making it the first time in several years it wasn’t raining, nor did I have to bundle up in layers. With the sun shining, it was pleasant walking, looking at the adorable animals, and even watching my nephews pet a few baby goats.

There is something uniquely special abut the Fryeburg Fair. With a back drop of foliage whilst children scream with delight as they go on, I admit in my opinion, sketchy rides. Juggling around the hoards of animals, as much as the droves of people. Then there are the foods that personify New England, like hot apple cider, apple crisp, and the Sugar Shack which contains a smorgasbord of maple everything delights.

The sugar shack which is smack dab in the midst of the festivities is a must visit every time I attend the fair. Walking in, the sweet aroma is a welcome relief from the smells of animals and fried food wafting outside. Offering maple delights from, cotton candy which you can watch them make, to maple ice cream, it is a maple lovers haven and an even sweeter delight.

Not only is there something for everyone, despite it attracting thousands of people, you will always run into someone you know. The benefits and joy of a small town and what makes this Fair so special. I am so happy I got to attend, until next year…

Have you been to a Fair? What is your favorite thing to do?

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