FARMINGTON, Maine — People in Farmington donned earmuffs Saturday as the town paid its annual tribute to the native son who invented the protectors 136 years ago to keep his sensitive ears warm.
Chester Greenwood made his first pair of earmuffs in 1873 out of fur, cloth and wire.
In his honor, Farmington is holding the 33rd annual Chester Greenwood Day.
A Chester Greenwood parade with earmuffs incorporated into the floats, a chili contest, a Chester Greenwood flag-raising, horse and wagon rides, and a gingerbread house contest were among the festivities.
Besides the earmuff, Greenwood is credited with inventing the wide-bottom kettle, a shock absorber, a new type of spark plug and a folding bed.