HOULTON, Maine — There is certainly something for everyone at this year’s Houlton Agricultural Fair, which will be in progress through Sunday, July 4, at the Houlton Fair Grounds.
“We are celebrating the Fourth of July here in Houlton,” said Paul Cleary, fair president. “The weather is going to be great, and this is the place to come.”
On tap at the fair, which kicked off Thursday, are agricultural, gaming, entertainment, cooking and sporting events.
“We expect to see 15,000 to 16,000 people come through over the fair’s four days,” Cleary said. “The fair attracts a lot of people who come home for the Fourth and for family reunions. This is one of our biggest things in town.”
For the younger generations, there are plenty of games and activities including an Oreo cookie stacking contest, bubble gum blowing contest, hula-hoop contest, ice cream eating contest, pig scramble, soccer kicking contest, and softball throwing contest.
“We have a guy who came up from Texas with a bunch of bullfrogs for a bullfrog-jumping competition,” Cleary said. “He’s going to pull kids out of the crowd who want to participate.”
Local 4-H participants are in the spotlight with a horse show, rabbit show and dog show.
Other unique events at this year’s fair include an alligator wrestler, and a BMX bicycle and skateboard stunt show, in addition to a salsa chugging contest, a Moxie chugging contest followed by — what else? — a burping contest.
Crowd favorites such as cooking contests, local bands and vendors, and fireworks take place throughout the weekend, along with a midway featuring Smokey’s Greater Shows.
A single $10 gate fee includes all rides along the midway, Cleary said Thursday.
For a complete schedule for the Houlton Agricultural Fair, visit www.houltonfair.com.