Fair to highlight “Charlotte’s Web”

BLUE HILL — One of the most famous pigs in children’s literature, Wilbur, the central character of “Charlotte’s Web,” will have all four hooves on the Blue Hill Fairgrounds this year.

The annual Blue Hill Fair starts Thursday, Sept. 1, and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

A scene from “Charlotte’s Web,” written by Brooklin’s own E.B. White, has been replicated in a permanent installation on the fairgrounds. The Blue Hill Fair, which began in 1891, inspired the fair portrayed in White’s book.

“There’s no other fair that’s been given permission to do this,” said Erik Fitch, general manager of the fair and vice president of the board of the Hancock County Agricultural Society, which puts on the fair. “It’s a permanent exhibit, it will be here forever. You’re going to be able to bring your kids here every year. We really expect this to be a huge draw.”

David W. Gray, president of the board, who owns David W. Gray Carpentry, has spent the past few months building “a set,” so to speak, from wood reclaimed from a circa 1850s North Blue Hill farmhouse that was being torn down. That’s what Wilbur will inhabit the five days of the fair.

“Wilbur” will be there in the flesh thanks to Dan Harlan of Bucksport, who is lending the fair one of his pigs for the exhibition, Fitch said.

If you’re wondering about Templeton, the rodent who helps Charlotte the spider save Wilbur, he’s already arrived in the fair building and is helping with preparations.

In keeping with the theme, the Rosanna’s Readers organization, which gives a free book to children in Surry and Brooklin on their birthdays, will have a booth and Chinese auction nearby. Blue Hill Books will have a booth with E.B. White books across from Rosanna’s Readers.

The rest of the building will have artifacts including old harness racing equipment and antique farm implements on display.

David Gray spent months building a scene from “Charlotte’s Web” for Blue Hill Fair-goers to enjoy.

“Everything just ties together,” Fitch said.

Also, The Grand will perform the “Charlotte’s Web” live play throughout the long weekend.

Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, there will be music and rides and food of course.

The Fair Catch lobster roll stand, which will be run by the Pert family’s son, Tim, will be back after a several-year hiatus.

Country music lovers should be aware that Ernest will perform on Saturday at 8 p.m. Doug Stone will perform Sunday at 7 p.m. Concerts are included with fair admission.

It takes a village and then some to put on a fair.

To that end, participation is sought in competitions and exhibits.

Have you grown vegetables or flowers? Bring them for display. There is no entry fee, and you may win money.

Got black thumbs? No problem.

There’s also a crafts exhibition you can participate in as well as an art show and a photography show.

There will be a wild blueberry pie and blueberry muffin contest as well as a whoopie pie contest.

See the fair’s website for details on drop-off times and contest rules: https://www.bluehillfair.com.

All the other popular amusements are back, including the skillet toss, cornhole tournaments, sheep dog trials and demolition derby.

Thursday is dollar day with dollar admission and dollar mechanical rides. Friday general admission is $8 all day with seniors 62 and older on Friday $3. General admission Saturday and Sunday is $10 for adults. Children 12 and under have free admission the entire weekend. Monday, Sept. 5, admission for adults is $8.

Monday also will feature a wristband special for the mechanical rides from noon to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 for a wristband and unlimited rides.

Free parking is available at the fairgrounds.

Jennifer Osborn

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