In this September 2017 file photo, The Maine Squeeze play while walking around the Common Ground Fair in Unity. Credit: Ashley L. Conti / BDN

MONMOUTH, Maine — Maine’s agricultural fair season is back after a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The agricultural fairs, which celebrate Maine’s food producers and rural heritage, run from June to October every year. They started back up again on June 18 this year.

The 26 fairs include events such as Common Ground Country Fair and Fryeburg Fair that draw thousands of people to rural Maine. The next fair on the schedule is the Monmouth Fair, which runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Organizers describe it as a “friendly family agricultural fair with midway, animal exhibits, crafts and animal pull events.”

All of the fairs were canceled last year. Organizers have asked the public to be ready for pandemic protocols to be in place at some of the events this year.