Auction adds meat to annual Cumberland County Fair schedule

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CUMBERLAND — Fans of local pork, lamb and beef may want to flock to an auction at the Cumberland Fair on Sept. 24.

The auction, to be held at the fairgrounds show arena at 4 p.m., will allow people to buy meat raised by area 4-H members.

Sold “on the hoof,” the animals will be taken to the Windham Butcher Shop, which will take cutting directions from winning bidders immediately after the auction and have the meat available wrapped and frozen for the buyers to pick up.

The 143rd Cumberland Fair, held at 197 Blanchard Road, runs from Sunday, Sept. 21, to Saturday, Sept. 27.

Children 12 and younger get in for free, people 13 and older pay $9, while admission for senior citizens 65 and older is $3 on Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 23 and 25. A weekly admission pass is $50, and parking is free. Pets are not allowed.

The fair kicks off Sunday with the the 27th annual Pumpkin and Squash Weigh-Off at 11 a.m. It continues with the Colby College Woodmen’s Team is at the museum area at 11:30 a.m., the Don Campbell Band at the main stage at noon, professional bull riding at the museum area at 2 p.m., and the demolition derby in front of the grandstands at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22, is Maine Agriculture Day, and the fair also offers a special ride promotion: $15 to go on all the rides. The Bob Charest Band plays the main stage at 6 p.m.

St. Saviors Gospel takes to the main stage at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the same the children’s rodeo kicks up the dust in the museum area. The Larry Williams Band performs at 7 p.m.

The $15 ride promotion is available again Wednesday, Sept. 24, and the children’s rodeo is back at 4 p.m. Harness racing takes place at the race track and grandstands at 7 p.m., and the Don Campbell Band returns Wednesday on the main stage at 7:30 p.m.

The sixth annual classic car show takes place at the fourth turn of the race track at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, and Forefront performs on the main stage at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 26, is Cumberland Fair Maine Maple Day, and also offers an antique tractor pull at 6 p.m., and the professional Rawhide Rodeo at the museum area at 6:30 p.m. Debbie Meyers performs at 5 p.m. on the main stage.

Things wrap up Saturday, Sept. 27, with a second day of the Rawhide Rodeo at the museum area at 2 p.m., the Northern Groove Band on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. and the “World of Horses” show at the pulling arena at 7 p.m. The fair ends with a bang with fireworks on the infield at about 8 p.m.

Log onto cumberlandfair.com for more information and a full schedule of events.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Andrew Forbes, right, rides the “Rockin’ Tug” with his son Alex, 8, and daughter Maddie, 5, at last year’s Cumberland County Fair in Cumberland. The fair returns Sunday, Sept. 21, for it’s annual week-long run.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.