Cumberland County Fair returns for 142nd run next week

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CUMBERLAND — This year’s Cumberland County Fair offers a mix of traditional and modern entertainment, from rodeos and blacksmithing to truck pulls and demolition derbies.

The 142nd annual event’s regular activities run from Sunday, Sept. 22, to Saturday, Sept. 28.

Things kick off Sunday with the pumpkin and squash contest weigh-ins beginning at 11 a.m. The Colby College Woodsman’s Team shows its stuff at the museum area at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., there’s professional bull riding at the museum area at 2 p.m., and then a demolition derby in front of the grandstands at 6:30 p.m.

The Don Campbell Band plays the main stage in front of the Exhibition Hall at noon on Sunday, and returns again Wednesday.

Monday is Maine Agriculture Day, and people can pay $15 that day, Wednesday and Thursday to go on all the rides. The Bob Charest Band plays the main stage at 6 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday and Thursday are both senior citizens days, with $3 admission for people 65 and older.

Also on Tuesday, St. Saviours and Friends performs southern gospel on the main stage at 4 p.m., and Tony Boffa performs there at 7 p.m. A children’s rodeo takes place at the museum area at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

On Thursday, the Hyssongs gospel group performs on the main stage at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the annual classic car show takes place on the fourth turn of the race track at 6 p.m.

The fair’s Maple Day is Friday, which also features the music of Debbie Meyers on the main stage at 5 p.m. and professional rodeo at the museum area at 6:30 p.m. An antique tractor pull takes place in front of the grandstands, also at 6:30 p.m.

The rodeo runs again Saturday at the museum area at 2 p.m. The Northern Groove Band performs on the main stage at 3:30 p.m. The NPPA Truck Pull takes place in front of the grandstands at 6:30 p.m., followed by the World of Horses Show at the pulling arena at 7 p.m.

Admission is $9 for adults, and children 12 or younger get in for free. A weekly admission pass is $50, and parking is free.

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

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The Cumberland Fairgrounds midway is packed with people on Sept. 23, 2012, opening day of last year’s Cumberland County Fair.

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.