The Houlton Maine State Agriculture Fair is a Four Day 4th of July Celebration
Each year the event gets bigger. The Houlton Maine Agricultural Fair has grown and by 2012, the entire fairground should be on over one hundred acres purchased on the north side of US route 2.5 miles west of town. The event kicks off with street dancing, Midnight Madness downtown retail sales, food sales and a theme to make it fun for merchants and shoppers. A parade that lasts two hours, carnival rides, animals exhibits, concerts, 4H competitions, beano, demolision derby, antique car shows, talent contests and the largest fireworks display north of Portland Maine.
See last years Houlton Fair celebration video. Read about this years event to get an idea of what is in store.
In rural Maine, volunteers all contribute to the party and make the fair the success it is. Fair committee members say if it was not for the volunteers who donate time, and business that contribute money, the fair would not be as long, as successful as it is today. The midway rides from Bud Gilmore who is 74, is the last of a Maine based carnival and like the hoola hoop and the drive in, the carnival coming to Houlton Maine on the 4th shows this event is worth the trip and the local Northern Maine crowd is supportive, appreciative.
The folks who grew up in Southern Aroostook County come back to the Houlton Fair 4th of July celebration. They plan their summer vacations around the event and catch up with old friends, visit with family and enjoy their hometown that they grew up in. There are fifteen fair members that organize, streamline and improve the event each year and is a big big part of living in Houlton Maine.