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142nd annual Cumberland County Fair to mix traditional, modern amusements

File photo | The Forecaster
File photo | The Forecaster
The Cumberland Fairgrounds midway is packed with people on Sept. 23, 2012, the opening day of that year's Cumberland County Fair.
By Alex Lear, The Forecaster

CUMBERLAND, Maine — This year’s Cumberland County Fair offers a mix of traditional and modern entertainment, from rodeos and blacksmithing to truck pulls and demolition derbies.

The 142nd annual event’s regular activities run from Sunday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 28.

Kicking off the event is the Sunday pumpkin and squash contest weigh-ins beginning at 11 a.m. The Colby College Woodsman’s Team shows its stuff at the museum area at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., professional bull riding at the museum area at 2 p.m., and a demolition derby in front of the grandstands at 6:30 p.m.

The Don Campbell Band plays the main stage in front of the Exhibition Hall noon Sunday and again Wednesday.

Monday is Maine Agriculture Day, and people can pay $15 that day, Wednesday and Thursday to go on all the rides. The Bob Charest Band plays the main stage at 6 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday and Thursday are both senior citizens days with $3 admission for 65 and older.

Also on Tuesday, St. Saviours and Friends performs southern gospel on the main stage at 4 p.m., and Tony Boffa performs at 7 p.m. A children’s rodeo takes place at the museum area at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Hyssongs gospel group performs on the main stage at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the annual classic car show takes place on the fourth turn of the race track at 6 p.m.

The fair’s Maple Day is Friday, which also features the music of Debbie Meyers on the main stage at 5 p.m. and professional rodeo at the museum area at 6:30 p.m. An antique tractor pull takes place in front of the grandstands, also at 6:30 p.m.

The rodeo runs again Saturday at the museum area at 2 p.m. The Northern Groove Band performs on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. The NPPA Truck Pull takes place in front of the grandstands at 6:30 p.m., followed by the World of Horses Show at the pulling arena at 7 p.m.

Admission is $9 for adults and free for children 12 or younger. A weekly admission pass is $50, and parking is free.

Log onto cumberlandfair.com for a full schedule of events.

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