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Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 6, 2018
Warm weather, great attendance mark 2018 Blue Hill Fair

The midway comes alive at night

The midway comes alive at night with lights and from way up on the ferris wheel, this is the scene.

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by Faith DeAmbrose

On Tuesday, September 4, the last pieces of the Blue Hill Fair were being collected and packed away, and the fairgrounds were returning to the quiet that blankets it most of the year. “Everything that has been done over the last 11 months now has to be picked up and put away,” said Fair Director Rob Eaton, as he finally found the last rented two-way radio that needed to be sent back.

The day after the fair is bittersweet. Crafts are returned to their owners; Blue Hill Disposal makes laps around the grounds collecting the last of the garbage, and the crew of Smokey’s Greater Amusements disassemble the rides to ship to the next fair spot.

Perhaps one of the largest cleanup efforts belonged to a Bangor-based company called Hickory Dickory Decks which, over the course of two months prior to the fair, brought in truckloads of material, excavated a portion of their space and cut granite blocks to build a display that included stone walkways, a patio, and a fully furnished sun room. “The company had at least five people here over the course of two weeks setting things up,” said Eaton, who added “I wonder what they will do next year?”

This year’s fair also saw an increase in the amount of food vendors, welcoming new items such as crepes, fried cheese curds and mac n’ cheese egg rolls. “I thought we might have too much food,” said Eaton, “but the trash cans were overflowing every day and none of the vendors complained about a reduction in sales. Maybe it was just the right amount, after all.”

The weather, an even sunny and warm weekend overall, caused attendance to remain steady for the five-day event, said Eaton, noting that Thursday was perhaps the busiest day with lines of cars entering the Fair stretching a mile or more in each direction.

Individual events brought in spectators, who filled the grandstand stage for Saturday night’s Bob Marley comedy show, Sunday night’s funkadelic Motor Booty show and fireworks and Monday’s Demolition Derby where the fire department had to step in multiple times to extinguish smoke and flames.

Food and fun

With new food vendors this year, there was no shortage of choice at this year’s fair.

Photo by Anne Berleant
The midway comes alive at night

The midway comes alive at night with lights and from way up on the ferris wheel, this is the scene.

Photo by Faith DeAmbrose
Automotive destruction

The State of Maine Championship Demolition Derby fills the Fair with the sound of roaring engines and crashing vehicles. Local drivers from Sedgwick, Blue Hill and Brooksville competed against drivers from across the state battling their four-, six- and eight-cylinder vehicles for the trophy. Fairgoers lined up over an hour before the event to get their grandstand seating tickets.

Photo by Jeremiah Savage
4-H aquaponics

An aquaponics tank was on display at the 4-H exhibit at the Blue Hill Fair.

Photo by Monique Labbe
Blue Hill Fair Sheep Trials

The Blue Hill Fair Sheep Trials, on September 1, tested a dog’s skill at herding sheep through gates and cones.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Motor Booty Affair

The funkadelic sounds of Motor Booty Affair entertained a lively crowd on Sunday night, prompting lots of dancing and the flash of glow sticks.

Photo by Faith DeAmbrose
Blue Hill crêpery

New—and popular— this year, Barncastle owner Lori Robbins, right, and chef Tim Gunderson brings a Blue Hill Crêpes food truck to the Fair.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Peacock

In addition to more traditional animals like cows, goats, sheep and llamas, the livestock area also included an emu named George and a pair of peacocks.

Photo by Jeremiah Savage
Cow

Cows and bulls competed in the Open Dairy Show at the Fair.

Photo by Anne Berleant