Expanded Piscataquis Valley Fair opens today in Dover-Foxcroft

Posted Aug. 25, 2010, at 11:42 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis Valley Fair opens today, and it promises to be a bigger and better fair than ever, according to organizers.

The gates open at 2 p.m. to one of the state’s oldest agricultural fairs, where fairgoers can mix pleasure with education.

Despite the American Folk Festival being held Friday though Sunday in Bangor, fair organizers expect a large crowd since the weather is supposed to be good and school isn’t in session, Deanne Merrill, the fair’s treasurer, said Wednesday.

Smokey’s Greater Shows is once again providing the midway rides.

While some of the same events have been held over the years — including fireworks tonight, magic shows, livestock competitions, a horse show, horse pulling and exhibitions — a new addition this year is an all-terrain vehicle mud run, Merrill said.

She said there will be plenty of refreshment booths and events for children, including a cookie decorating event, a pedal tractor pull, milking demonstrations and a frog jumping contest.

Entertainment will include Deja Blue at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; Civil Disturbance at 8:30 p.m. Friday; Rhoads Band at 4 p.m. Saturday; Midnight Rose at 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and Roy Hudson Band at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Bingo games will be offered by the Sangerville Fire Department.

Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children 5-10 years old, and free for children under 5 years. Senior citizens day is Friday, when admission is $3.