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AT THE HARMONY FREE FAIR

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The Harmony Free Fair opens on Friday, August 30th and continues through  Monday, September 2nd. Admission to the fair is free, and so is parking. Once again, the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department will offer their dough boys in the booth next to the food pavilion. They will have some new food items too, and more picnic tables have been added to the area in front of their booth. This year, a wide range of demonstrations will take place during the fair. The Harmony Free fair will be giving away thirty bicycles during this years Bike Contest.

Black-smithing, wood carving, herb drying, weed walks, and much more will entertain and enlighten.  Information on events in the Fiber Arts Barn will be posted on the building. The Reptile Guy will be back this year in a building between the food pavilion and the fiber barn. The fair gets started on Friday, August 30th with the Truck Pull. A $3 admission charge for spectators covers all the excitement. A new event - Open Ox Pulling - will be held Saturday, August 31st. It will include amazing “gentle giants” and will be held in the Livestock Arena. A returning favorite, the Farmers Oxen and Draft Horse Event will be held Sunday morning and includes a class for children 16 and under. Also Saturday afternoon is the Demolition Derby, featuring three classes. Spectator admission is $5, and a food booth in the area offers plenty of refreshments.  On Sunday and Monday, September 1st and 2nd, there will be a variety of children’s contests  including an egg toss, pie-eating contest, frog-jumping contest (held in the Outback Arena), and much more. There are even games for adults, like corn hole toss, spaghetti-eating contest, and a salsa-chugging event, and of course the women’s skillet throw and men’s hammer toss. Registration sheets will be available at the Prize Ticket Booth. Sunday evening’s fireworks show is highly anticipated and great fun to watch. After the fireworks, the Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation will hold a remembrance celebration. This year, luminaries will be lit in memory of loved ones. They can be purchased during the fair and will be lit for you if you cannot attend. All proceeds from this event go directly to families in this area who have a child fighting cancer. A wide variety of music - all free - takes place during the fair from the Night Jammers to the Honkeytonkers plus many more acts. A new event has been added to the Tractor Rodeo Games - it is called “backing up a wagon” and promises a challenge for drivers and fun for the audience. It will be held on the pulling track. A very popular event on Monday, September 2nd, is the conclusion of the Bike Contest. During the fair, children aged 5 to 14 can enter the contest by answering an agricultural question at the Prize Ticket Booth, near the main gate. Monday afternoon at 3 PM, thirty names will be drawn and each winner receives a new bicycle. One important note - the child must be present to win. The Harmony Labor Day Free Fair is sponsored by the Harmony Patriarchs Club. Since its inception in 1947, the Club has been a nonprofit all-volunteer organization devoted to community betterment. Current projects include scholarships for Harmony students, maintaining the flags around Harmony, sponsoring the Harmony Cares food pantry, and much more. Harmony Free Fair is a member of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs (MAAF), an organization that has been representing and promoting Maine agricultural fairs since 1912. More information on fair events is included in the fair program book and brochures, which are distributed to program book advertisers about two weeks prior to the fair. Books are available in Harmony at C & R General Store and Morrison’s Garage or visit www.harmonyfreefair.weebly.com.