PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Visitors to this year’s Northern Maine Fair will be within reach of Aroostook County’s rich agricultural heritage when the gates open Friday, as the fair’s new Agricultural Heritage Building will be open for the first time.
The 155th annual fair runs from Friday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 8.
In 2007, officials with the Northern Maine Fair Association launched a capital campaign to raise $100,000 to construct the building to function as an agricultural museum and educational center.
“We have just completed the second phase of the building project,” fair president Andrew LeBlanc said recently. “The interior walls have been insulated and the electrical installation is complete. We are ready for people to see this.”
The capital campaign was sparked after fair organizers realized they had to turn away some of those who wanted to display their antique farm equipment during the fair, but could not move it to and from the fairgrounds that easily. Potential exhibitors told the fair association they would leave their antique equipment at the fairgrounds year-round if there were a permanent home for such pieces.
This year, the new building will house antique farm equipment and be the venue for a number of demonstrations. Visitors can see potato-picking and seed-cutting displays as well as a working blacksmith shop and other exhibits.
For information, go to www.northernmainefair.com.