Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 9, 2021 and The Weekly Packet, September 9, 2021
Public welcomes back Blue Hill Fair
by Jeffrey B. Roth
While it’s too early for Blue Hill Fair officials to estimate the total number of people who attended the five-day event held September 2-6, fair manager Erik Fitch said, “Everybody was thankful we had a fair.”
The 2020 fair was not held due to public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the current surge of the coronavirus Delta variant causing an increase of new infections across the country and the state, fair officials decided to hold the fair as planned.
“I can say that we feel as though the fair was a success,” Fitch said. “The carnival operator [Cushing Amusements, Wilmington, Mass.] was very well-received in terms of the quality and the appearance of their rides. The weather played a factor in three out of five days. We were watching storm cells coming through on Thursday, more rain on Friday night, so, yeah, weather always seems to play a factor at the fair.”
Fitch said it will be some time before all the gate receipts are counted in order to get an accurate attendance number. It will also take time to come up with the total net proceeds generated by the fair, he said.
“A lot of people were excited to be back to see their old friends, eat their favorite foods, to see the animals,” Fitch said. “People were excited to have some type of normal events again.”
Fair staff and volunteers were “phenomenal. Everybody, from our ground crews, to our workers in the front office—anybody who had anything to do with the Blue Hill Fair on the work side of things, didn’t miss a beat despite being off for two years,” he said.