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2013 Harmony Labor Day Free Fair information

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Here are both the Press Release and the Schedule of Events for the 2013 Harmony Labor Day Free Fair, which takes place August 30 – September 2, 2013. (My files are in WordPerfect and I’m concerned you might have trouble reading them, so the data is in this email.) Attached is a photo of the new Fiber Arts Livestock Barn on the fairgrounds (as referenced in the article). Information submitted by Audrey Bemis – contact me at 207-683-2098 (home) or 207-399-2444 (cell). Thank you!


The Harmony Labor Day Free Fair opens Friday night August 30, with a ribbon cutting at the Fair’s newest and largest building. The multi-use structure will showcase both fiber arts and the animals that produce the raw materials. Daily demonstrations will include spinning and hand carding.

Put on by the Patriarchs Club, a local community betterment organization, the Harmony Fair does not charge for admission or parking, a 66-year-long tradition. The fair offers something for everyone, from a truck pull on Friday night to a demolition derby on Saturday to free live concerts. Seven musical groups – C.P.S. Express, Crossin’ Mason Dixon, Bob Elston & the Road Rangers, Friday Night Jammers, Amanda Landry, Opus One Big Band, and String Field Theory – perform on stage over the holiday weekend.

This year, Kavanaugh Amusements midway is offering a mega-bracelet, good for all four days for just $35. Single day ride bracelets will also be available.

An exhibition hall showcases local produce and crafts. Built jointly by the Patriarchs Club and the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, the building houses fire apparatus and ambulance equipment the rest of the year. A wide variety of contests offer fun and friendly competition. A cribbage tournament, arm wrestling for both youths and adults, a horseshoe tournament, foul shooting contest, and frog jumping are just a few.

Premiums have been increased this year for both the draft horse and oxen events on Saturday and Sunday. A doodlebug pull takes place Sunday afternoon. The fair’s website, www.harmonyfreefair.org, provides more information. A talent show on Sunday evening offers over $300 in cash prizes. Later, a crowd favorite, the fireworks display, lights up the town.

After the fireworks on Sunday, September 1, the Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation will have a remembrance balloon release, “Liza’s Lights of Love”. They will be selling LED balloons by donation and encourage people to purchase a balloon in memory of a lost loved one.

Labor Day begins with a parade, and this year, cash awards for the best floats have increased to a top prize of $150. The parade also features antique cars and tractors, fire trucks, and much more. The horse show, a longstanding tradition in Harmony, begins after the parade.

Food is an important part of any fair, and the Harmony Labor Day Free Fair offers a wide variety. Both Sunday and Monday feature a chicken barbeque, and local organizations, including the Harmony and Wellington Volunteer Fire Departments, have booths on the grounds. Volunteer is a word you hear often in Harmony. Patriarchs Club President Jeff Chadbourne noted the strong sense of volunteerism in the town, citing the Fire Department, Harmony Regional Ambulance Service, the Community Center, and the many activities that are done for the children of Harmony as examples.

The 66th Harmony Labor Day Free Fair closes on Monday evening with a grand prize drawing. Tickets are sold both before and during the fair, and the grand prize winner can choose between a chain saw and a grass trimmer, both donated by Morrison’s Garage. Planning for the 2014 Fair begins the next day.

2013 Harmony Labor Day Fair Program

Friday, August 30, 2013
4:00-7 pm Submit Entries in Exhibition Hall
5:00 pm Midway Opens
5:00 pm Bingo
5:30 pm Ribbon Cutting at New Fiber Arts Livestock Barn
6:00 pm Music by Friday Night Jammers
7:00 pm Truck Pull starts. Registration at 5:00 pm
7:00 pm Cribbage Tournament – Singles

Saturday, August 31, 2013
10:00 am Youth Livestock Show. Registration 9:00 am
11:00 am Midway opens
11:00 am Farm Oxen Pull and Events
11:00 am Bingo opens
Noon Demolition Derby. Registration 9:00 to 11:30 am
1:00 pm Exhibition Hall opens
1:30& 3 pm Music by Bob Elston
4:00 pm Pie Auction on stage
4:45 pm Music by Bob Elston
6:00 pm Quarter Scale Tractor Pull. Registration at 4:00 pm
6:30 pm Music by Opus One Big Band
7:00 pm Cribbage Tournament – Doubles

Sunday, September 1, 2013
10:00 am Exhibition Hall opens
10:30 am Items due for Maine Maple Syrup Recipe Contest
10:30 am Horseshoe Tournament begins. Registration 10:00 am
11:00 am Roy Lake Memorial Farmers Draft Horse Event
11:00 am Chicken Bar-B-Que by Embden VFW Post #8934
11:00 am Bingo opens
11:30 am Music by C.P.S. Express
Noon Midway opens
1:00 pm Announce Maine Maple Syrup Recipe Contest Winners
1:00 pm Music by C.P.S. Express
1:15 pm Magic Show by Conjuring Carroll location TBA
2:00 pm Frog Jumping Contest (BYOF) at the Outback Arena
3:00 pm Doodlebug Pull – Registration at 2:00 pm
3:00 pm Music by Amanda Landry
3:30 pm Maine-ly Balloons at the Outback Arena
4:30 pm Pig Scramble. Registration 3:30 to 4:15 pm
6:00-7 pm Talent Show – cash prizes
6:30 pm Children’s Arm Wrestling. Registration at 5:30 pm
7:00 pm Adult Arm Wrestling. Registration at 5:30 pm
7:30 pm Music by String Field Theory
Dark Fireworks by Central ME Pyrotechnics. Sponsors: Town of Harmony, Creative Apparel, Central ME Pyrotechnics, Patriarchs Club
After Fireworks “Liza’s Lights of Love”

Monday, September 2, 2013
9:30 am Labor Day Parade. Line up at 8:30 am
After Parade Midway Opens
After Parade Exhibition Hall opens
After Parade Antique cars (at the Pulling Track)
After Parade Parade awards on stage and posted on prize ticket booth
After Parade Foul Shooting Contest
After Parade Bingo opens
After Parade Horseshoe Tournament registration/play
After Parade Music by Crossin’ Mason Dixon
11:00 am Horse Show
11:00 am Chicken Bar-B-Que by Embden VFW Post #8934
12:45 pm Magic Show Conjuring Carroll by the Main Stage
1:30 pm Music by Crossin’ Mason Dixon
3:00 pm Women’s Skillet Throw
3:30 pm Maine-ly Balloons by the Main Stage
4:00 pm Men’s Hammer Throw
4:30 pm Minute to Win It
5:00 pm Exhibition Hall Closes (all items must be removed 5:00 – 7:00 pm)
7:00 pm Grand Prize Drawings: Husqvarna 450 Chain Saw AND Husqvarna 223L Grass Trimmer donated by Morrison’s Garage. Plus $100 CASH prize donated by Patriarchs Club.
A wide variety of other prizes will be awarded. These will be on display at the ticket booth during the Fair. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN.

Contests for kids and adults – check contest sign-up board near ticket booth.
Fiber Arts – check sign on building

The Harmony Free Fair is on private property. NO Alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Any person consuming or possessing alcohol, or acting in a disorderly manner, will be removed from the fairgrounds.