Julie Yarbrough finishes a sheep sculpture from felted wool at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. "Everything is a springboard for creativity if you just look and open yourself to the possibilities," said Yarbrough. Buy Photo
Julie Yarbrough of Kick the Moon Farm makes whimsical creatures out of felt at her stand in the fiber arts building at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. "I can take loose fibers, and a needle and turn it into a fabric or a three-dimensional item. It's just sculpting with fiber," said Yarbrough. Buy Photo
Lilly Crawford, 16, leads her 17-month-old shorthorn, Anderson, for a stroll around the grounds at the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday. "I'm in 4-H, and I'll sell him for beef. It'll be tough to say goodbye, but this is my fifth cow," said Crawford. Buy Photo
Norm Hodgkins, 81, greets folks as they enter the tool museum at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. "A lot of the kids that come here, they don't have a ghost of an idea what what you could do with the various tools. And I don't know all of them," said Hodgkins. Buy Photo
Derrilyn Duclos and Robert Johnson keep make up sing-song rhymes a while battering and frying vegetables at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. "We keep our fruits and vegetables and food nice and happy," said Johnson. Buy Photo
Robert Johnson sings and smiles while deep frying vegetables at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. "If we sing to our veggies they'll always, always never complain about going in the hot oil, ever," said Johnson. Buy Photo
Rick Adam, also known as Professor Paddy-Whack, sings for a crowd at the Fryeburg Fair Tuesday. Adam said his musical rig is made from all American junk. "Which, as we know, is the best junk in the world," he added. Buy Photo
FRYEBURG, Maine — They say it was a chilly day. No one can remember it, though. It was 162 years ago, after all. In 1851, some farmers and merchants got together and formed the West Oxford Agricultural Society. They showed off their wares, their cattle and their produce. I bet they were a bunch of characters.
All these years later, they’re still doing it. Now they call it the Fryeburg Fair. It’s the biggest fair in Maine. It boasts harness racing, a tool museum, rides, games, a blacksmith shop and nonstop music on a bunch of stages. There are more animals than you can probably count. And there’s fair food: French fries, fried dough, sausage with onions and deep fried anything on a stick.