People ride the swings at the Bangor State Fair Buy Photo
Bridget Brown | BDN
Sam Johnson, also known as Circus Sam, rides a unicycle on a slack line during his performance at the Bangor State Fair. Buy Photo
John Clarke Russ | BDN
The Mapapa African Acrobats from Kenya perform in the vendor area of the Bangor State Fair during its opening day. Buy Photo
Denise Farwell | BDN
A farm animal makes the most of a patch of shade provided by an old school bus as Rachel Curtis (left), 16, and Danny Jewitt, 17, both of Unity, steal a private moment in one of the cow barns at the Bangor State Fair. Buy Photo
Linda Coan O'Kresik
helby Patten, 10, from Atkinson tries to move her 1,400-pound Simmental steer named Fly while giving him a bath at the Bangor State Fair in preparation for her first 4-H competition. Buy Photo
Bob DeLong | BDN
The swings ride at the Bangor State Fair becomes a whirl of color against a night sky Buy Photo
Carlene Davis, Mary Desprey and Norah Lee Golden, all of Bangor, ride the Ferris wheel at the 1957 edition of the Bangor State Fair. Youngsters found the rides a chance to give their lungs plenty of exercise. Buy Photo
In its 166th year, the Bangor State Fair is one of the oldest state fairs in the country. Although the fair has changed through the decades, the rides, food and entertainment prompt nostalgia of fairs of the past. Here is a selection of archive images throughout the years of the Bangor State Fair.
Research by Jeanne Luetjen and scanning by Linda Kamp.