Originally published in The Weekly Packet, September 4, 2014
“A good, solid fair”
Blue Hill Fair enjoys great weather, attendance - VIDEO
The Midway blazes with excitement, rides, and games at the Blue Hill Fair. But that’s not all to see. Photos and videos of animals, exhibits, monster trucks, music and more are featured in four pages in the in the apps for The Weekly Packet, Island-Advantages and Castine Patriot.
by Faith DeAmbrose
With five days of near perfect weather, attendees came and went all weekend during the annual Blue Hill Fair. While it wasn’t a record weekend for the fair, said Superintendent Rob Eaton, it was “a good, solid fair with a lot to offer.”
Beginning with “Dollar Day” on Thursday, Eaton said that the new promotion drew out many local faces. “It was great for the local people, and that is what we were trying to hit,” he said.
While Eaton said it is still a “tough market” for fairs, he was pleased with the steady stream of people coming through the gates. “When you have great weather all weekend people tend to trickle through each day, as opposed to days when a bad forecast makes those decisions easier.”
Vendors reported better-than-expected numbers and said they felt attendance was better than in past years.
On Saturday, James McMurtry took the Grandstand Stage to play for a capacity crowd. The grandstand itself was filled, as was the track in front of the stage. McMurtry played with a full band and then returned to the stage by himself for an encore.
“There was a lot of competition in the area for music this [past] weekend.” said Eaton, adding, “but I think we held our own.”
Local musicians Mike and Susie Fay from Castine played on Friday, and Whoever and the Jesses from Blue Hill played on Sunday.
Monster trucks returned to the track on Monday and were “well received,” said Eaton.
Photos by Anne Berleant, Jeremiah Savage, Faith DeAmbrose and Tevlin Schuetz.
New this year were helicopter rides from Acadian Seaplanes of Rangeley. Taking off every 10 minutes from the former baseball diamond, the helicopter took folks over the fairgrounds and then out to Blue Hill Bay and around the general waterfront areas. People lined up throughout the weekend for a ride, and according to some at the fair, it was the “best ride” of the weekend.