What’s new at the Blue Hill Fair?



A mélange of activities from helicopter rides to horseshoe games are on tap for this year’s Blue Hill Fair, which starts Thursday, Aug. 28.

BLUE HILL — This year’s Blue Hill Fair features many new events, including helicopter rides, a horseshoe competition and $1 admission for opening day, Thursday, Aug. 28.

“That’s a really good incentive for people to come out,” said Fair Director Rob Eaton. “It’s usually one of our slower days. It’s a work day. This was an idea that came up that we thought might get people out. We thought we’d try it and see if people liked it.”

The fair opens at 4 p.m. Thursday. Also that evening, all mechanical rides are $1 each per person.

But wait, there’s more.

“We’ve got a lot of great stuff for people to enjoy,” Eaton said.

Acadian Seaplanes from Rangeley will offer helicopter rides Friday through Monday. Rides are $40 a person for 10 minutes or $25 a person for five minutes. The helicopter seats three.

Also new, Darling’s is bringing a NASCAR simulator to the fair.

The fair will host its first ever horseshoe tournament on Saturday, Aug. 30, with the first game starting at 8 a.m.

The tournament will be double elimination, with the top eight teams advancing to the finals on Monday, Sept. 1. The entry fee is $40 per team (two people).

Yet more excitement for many of his local fans, James McMurtry and the Heartless Bastards will perform at the fair Saturday, Aug. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

In other fair activity, the nationally known Flippenout trampoline act will return. Flippenout last performed at the fair five years ago.

Monster trucks from KSR Motorsports will return as well with a “Night of Destruction” on Monday at 6 p.m. A Monster Truck Autograph Pit Party will be held before and after the show at 5 and 7.

Plus, there will be all of the traditional fair activities, including hot dog pig racing, the dairy goat show, a rock horse pull and ox pull, cooking contests, a 4-H wild blueberry pancake breakfast, dairy cattle show, youth horse show, exhibits of flowers, vegetables and crafts and the Intercontinental Championship Ladies Skillet Toss.

The Blue Hill Fair opens Thursday, Aug. 28, at 4 p.m. with $1 admission and a charge of $1 per mechanical ride. Friday, Aug. 29, through Monday, Sept. 1, Labor Day, the fair opens daily at 8 a.m. and the midway opens at 10.

Jennifer Osborn

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