There’s something magical about attending a true county fair. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia, or perhaps it’s the fact that there are not many left. 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. This yearly festival was even the inspiration for E.B. White’s famous novel, Charlotte’s Web. Come see for yourself!
Are you planning on being in town for the Blue Hill Fair? You’ll need to know what to do during the rest of your trip! We know that planning trips can be challenging and time-consuming, so we created this complimentary Vacation Guide to save you from hours of research. In it, you’ll find everything from the best restaurants in our area to outdoor activities. Now, you can spend less time planning and more time on what’s important: making memories.
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 an homage to the famous novel!
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! The Blue Hill Fair vendors will make sure you don’t go home with an empty stomach.
Blue Hill Fair Attractions
Rides have been commonplace at the Blue Hill Fair for decades; you’ll find everything from saddled ponies to carnival thrillers. If you’re interested in rides, we recommend going on opening day because they are only $1 each!
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 Blue Hill Fair 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 such as the Fudge Contest and Wild Blueberry Muffin Baking Contest.
Retreat to Pilgrim’s Inn
After your fun-filled day at the Blue Hill Fair, come back and relax at Pilgrim’s Inn. Choose between cozy rooms and cottages, each outfitted with luxurious amenities. You’ll love the historic décor, private bathrooms, fine linens, natural bath products, and more! Book a room for the Blue Hill Fair today before it’s too late!