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Springfield Fair Update

By Kirk Ritchie

Well, here we are. Ready for the 2017 Springfield Fair. No, we were unable to get a replacement midway. But, we do have some ride attractions. Moose Maine-iah will be providing monster truck rides, we have pony rides, horse and wagon rides with John and Linda Boyce and we do have a mechanical bull, bungee and 3-4 other large, commercial sized bounces for the younger crowd. (They will be set up by 11:00 am on Saturday.) And rumor has it that Bruce Thornton may be giving piggy back rides.

Although we are all disappointed with the decision of Cushing Amusements to pull out of our agreement, we do have one heck of a fair on tap. We anticipate having more animal displays and competitions than ever before. We also have the pavilion absolutely packed with cool and new displays, including: antique snowmobiles, baking contests (every day), spinning, wood carving and wood turning, quilting, crocheting and the Town of Springfield’s antique, horse drawn hearse. Please, make it a point to visit the pavilion.

If you get fired up about motors, this year’s fair will get you revved up. Friday night has the Pine Tree Mini Tractor pulls. Saturday has our traditional truck pulls. Sunday has the antique tractor pulls and classic and antique car show and Monday will feature two demolition derbies. The first is the kids power wheel derby for the little ones and at 3:00 our very own Demolition Derby. Many of you know that Bill Soucie recently passed. He has always been a big supporter of the fair and especially the derby. He ran it for us for years. Wesley won it a couple of times. In addition to his help with the derby, Bill has supplied us with junk cars for monster truck shows, derbies and also nice, used cars for our Prize Giveaway. This year’s giveaway car was hand-picked by Bill only two months ago and promises to be a dandy. The Giant Prize Giveaway will wrap up the 2017 Springfield Fair on Monday immediately following the derby.

By now most of you know that this may be the last year for a fully traditional Springfield Fair. We will not know for certain until February of 2018. If we can contract with a reputable carnival we will continue on as usual. But, if we are unable to provide a true midway, we will need to make some changes. The fair will not end. We will need to reduce the number of shows and attractions and, at this point, we are estimating that we may need to move to a 2 day (Saturday and Sunday) format. We would keep the more popular events and have a solid two day event. We will let everyone know our plans early in 2018. This is not something that we take lightly. For 27 years we have had hundreds of people and businesses help us to completely rebuild the fair and fairgrounds. We want the history to continue. And folks, if there is a person or group who has the resources, time and love for the region, we are willing to let the fair “turn over a new leaf” and move to a new owner & management company. This has been a true labor of love for me, a community service to our area full of wonderful, hardworking people – all of whom live here because it is home. We’re not getting rich but we are where we can be at peace and offer a safe and good lifestyle for our kids. When I talk to people from outside while trying to describe our fair and this part of Maine, I tell ‘em the area is full of hard working, fun loving rednecks and there’s no better place to live. I mean that as only the strongest compliment. I am proud of being a bit of a “hick” from God’s country. As David Allan Coe sang on the Moores Family Stage at the Springfield Fairgounds, on July 15th, “My long hair can’t cover up my redneck.”

And remember – we have an absolute ass kickin’ concert on Sunday September 3rd. Adam Wakefield has a voice that will blow your mind!! If you have not heard him sing – google “Adam Wakefield/The Voice.” He is unbelievable – come see him – it’s only $15 for 16 and older and $5 for kids 3-15. And ladies, I’ve been told that he looks better in tight jeans than Bruce Thornton, me or Harry Worster ….. Just sayin’….

(Oh yeah – we’re workin’ on another big show for July 2018 – keep track of us at www.thespringfieldfair.com)

Thank You – you make our fair possible, safe and fun!

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