June 23, 2018
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Windsor Fair calls young and old

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

WINDSOR, Maine — With truck and tractor pulls, harness racing, a pig scramble, agricultural, 4-H and historical demonstrations, together with country music, disco and comedy provided by Maine’s own Bob Marley, this year’s Windsor Fair has something for just about everybody.

The town’s annual agricultural fair that began Sunday has drawn families from all over the region for 121 years by providing events designed to attract young and old, and this year is no different. The weeklong event runs through Labor Day.

Each day of the fair has a theme, with today being “Woodsmen’s Day” and featuring events such as the woodsmen’s truck event, horse pulling, the Maine Holstein Show, and a woodsmen’s field day with woodcutting, log rolling and ax throwing.

Tuesday is “Maine Apple Festival & Apple Queen Day” and will include the 4-H horse show, an ox pull, donkey show, apple pie competition, a pig scramble, other events, and the Apple Queen Pageant at 7:30 p.m.

The gates open at 8 a.m. daily and harness racing begins at 3 p.m. during the week and 1 p.m. on the weekend and Labor Day.

Special entertainment has been scheduled daily and includes the demolition derby Tuesday evening and a modified truck pull on Wednesday.

The members of the National Tractor Pullers Association will stop at the fair Thursday to demonstrate the power of their vehicles and give folks a glimpse of what a national tractor pull competition is all about.

This is the first time the powerful tractors — some with 5,000-horsepower engines — have been demonstrated in Maine. The Pro Stock and Super Stock Open tractors, which compete all over the nation, will stop at the fair at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, while en route to a competition in Presque Isle.

Motor Booty Affair, a disco-playing band that plays favorites from the ’70s, will play at 8 p.m. Friday with fireworks afterward, and country music band Emerson Drive is the featured artist at the grandstand Saturday night. Motor Booty is free with admission, and tickets for Emerson Drive are $5.

Comedian Bob Marley is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday on the grandstand. Tickets for his show also are $5.

Gate admission is $6 for adults during the week, $8 on Friday and the weekend, and back to $6 on Labor Day. Those over 60 get in for $2 on Monday, Aug. 31, and anyone under age 16 gets in for free all week long.

A complete list of events to Maine’s second-largest agricultural fair is available at windsorfair.com.

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