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