BLUE HILL — A Blue Hill Fair packed with new features and acts as well as old favorites is nearly here.
The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 29, starting at 4 p.m. and runs through Monday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m.
Rob Eaton, president of the Blue Hill Fair, and Erik Fitch, a member of the fair’s board of directors, spent nearly an hour recently listing all the new attractions.
A rock group called Recycled Percussion that has headlined in Las Vegas for the past 10 years and now has an Emmy Award-winning TV show, will perform at the fair’s grandstand the evening of Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7:45.
“It’s like a Las Vegas show,” said Fitch. “We can’t take everybody to Las Vegas, but we can bring Las Vegas to Blue Hill.”
A laser light show by Laser Encore will light up the sky on Monday, Sept. 2, at 8:45 p.m. That’s being offered thanks to a partnership with Smokey’s Greater Shows, the organizers said.
“If it works, I think it will be really cool,” said Eaton. No other fair in Maine has ever offered a laser light show, he said.
A mammoth aerial fireworks display will be held on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 9:30 p.m.
The entertainment Aug. 29 features The Grand Theater’s production of “Hancock County’s Got Talent” at 7 p.m. at the grandstand.
Motor Booty Affair performs Friday night at 7:30. If you don’t want to shake your booty, there’s a beef recipe cook-off and 4-H cake contest at the same time in the livestock show ring.
The fair will host Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band that tours internationally, at the grandstand on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Blue Hill Fire Department will be at the fair demonstrating its work and firefighting equipment in front of the grandstand on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m.
“We will be demonstrating firefighting equipment including the ‘Jaws of Life,’” said Lt. Dave Gulya.
“We will talk a little about fire safety and show a few of our trucks,” Gulya said. “There will be a hands-on opportunity for kids and/or adults to use a smaller hose line while playing a game. We will have some things to give away to those that attend.”
If you’re hitting the fair to see dogs at work, the Open Sheep Dog Trials are Saturday at noon at the horse show ring.
The Northeast U.S. Sheep Dog Trials are Sunday at 10 a.m. at the racetrack in front of the grandstand.
Filed under canines got talent, “Mutts Gone Nuts,” a comedic act involving dogs, will perform three times daily near the blue gate entrance. “Mutts Gone Nuts” has performed for audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo.
The Intercontinental Championship Ladies Skillet Toss will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
No need to bring your own skillets. They will be provided. Eaton has skillets for the competition custom-made in a Fryeburg machine shop.
Fitch said the women’s skillet toss is one of the most popular events. “People sit there an hour to watch women toss skillets,” Fitch said.
The state of Maine championship Demolition Derby is Monday at 4 p.m. on the racetrack.
The fair will offer a wristband special on Monday. Go on all the mechanical rides you’d like from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the purchase of a $20 wristband.
The fair opens Thursday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. with dollar admission and dollar per mechanical ride admission. The fair runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. This year, admission on Monday has been lowered to $8 instead of $10. Senior citizens day is Friday with $3 admission for those 62 and over.
All shows and attractions are free, said Eaton. Parking is free. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.
You might be wondering how to enter a flower, fruit, vegetable, painting, photo or craft in an exhibit. Eaton said rules about how to enter are on the fair’s website at bluehillfair.com. There’s no charge to enter items you’ve created or grown in an exhibit.