Why You Need to Go to the Blue Hill Fair

When was the last time you went to a true county fair? The Blue Hill Fair has been going on for over 100 years, and not much has changed. Get a taste of what Downeast Maine has to offer through the amazing entertainment, attractions, exhibits, and classic fair food. The Blue Hill Fair was even the inspiration for the famous novel Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White! This fun-filled event takes place every year around Labor Day and is located less than a half hour away from Pilgrim’s Inn, so check to see when this year’s dates are to plan your visit. Relax at a picnic table while indulging in a lobster roll or seek some thrills on the Ferris Wheel as you bask in the Maine sunshine!

For more information on festivals in Downeast Maine, you can download our free Vacation Guide. It features our favorite events in the area, like the Blue Hill Fair and Stonington Lobster Boat Races.

Blue Hill Fair and Charlotte’s Web

Food, attractions, and events draw visitors from all over the state and beyond to the Blue Hill Fair. Many also come to see E.B. White’s inspiration for his famous novel, Charlotte’s Web, in person. White wrote Charlotte’s Web after he had left New York City for a more peaceful existence on a farm in Brooklin, Maine. After his move, he attended the Blue Hill Fair each year. Attendees of the event will see parts of the children’s novel come to life, like the Ferris Wheel and animal exhibits. You might even see a pig or two named Wilbur as homage! 

Eat Your Heart Out at the Blue Hill Fair

What would a fair be without fair food? The Blue Hill Fair offers a variety of cuisine from classic fair vendors to locals with traditional Maine dishes. Share a blooming onion with your sweetheart, then indulge in homemade strawberry shortcakes made from a 100-year-old recipe. If you’re really hungry, enter the Wild Blueberry Pie Eating Contest!

Blue Hill Fair Attractions

Rides have been commonplace at the Blue Hill Fair for decades. Enjoy an assortment of rides ranging from saddled ponies to carnival thrillers. Each only costs $1 on opening day! The fair is also packed full of shows, concerts, and demonstrations. One of the most anticipated attractions is the Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby where competitors attempt to cause damage to each other’s vehicles for a prize. See the natural power of animals through events like cattle pulls and stunt dog challenges. There’s always the option to sit back and relax when you watch a concert on the main stage. For a complete timeline of this year’s shows and attractions, check the daily schedule!

Blue Hill Fair Contests


Farmers from all over the area bring their prized livestock to present, hoping to bring home a trophy. Hang around the Livestock Department to see different showings throughout the day. The owners will walk their animals throughout the ring to demonstrate their features. Animals can also be seen lounging in their pens between competitions so you can pick your favorites!

Fruits, Vegetables, Jams, and More

The Blue Hill Fair wouldn’t be a true county fair without farmers showing off their wares! Competitors bring their best fruits and vegetables to display to fair-goers. Judges choose a winner for the best of each category by the end of the weekend. There are also other contests for showing off kitchen skills, like the Fudge Contest and Wild Blueberry Muffin Baking Contest!

After Your Day at the Blue Hill Fair, Retreat to Pilgrim’s Inn

Enjoy your fun-filled day at the Blue Hill Fair, then come back and relax at Pilgrim’s Inn. Continue your exquisite Maine experience when you stay at our Deer Isle bed and breakfast. The cozy rooms provide guests with luxurious amenities, including historic décor, private bathrooms, fine linens, natural bath products, and more. Book a room for the Blue Hill Fair today!