PITTSTON — This year’s Pittson Fair promises more smashed vehicles and a brighter night sky.

And although there are no promises when it comes to weather, cooler temperatures are likely, too.

After a triple-digit heat wave kept visitors away from last year’s Pittston Fair, organizers are hoping for better weather as they roll out new activities and a bigger fireworks show to celebrate the fair’s 60th anniversary.

The fair opens Thursday and runs through Sunday with agricultural exhibitions, midway rides, tractor pulls, pig scrambles, bicycle giveaways, live music and the crowning of the Strawberry Queen, the Strawberry Princess and the Strawberry Little Blossom.

“Normally, I’d say about 20,000 or 25,000 (people) can come through here easily,” fair Secretary Sharon Fairfield said Tuesday. “For a fall fair, we do quite well when the weather’s good.”

Organizers added a muffin-baking contest scheduled for Thursday and reintroduced a demolition derby set for Saturday night, after several years without one.

Another new event is the loader backhoe competition on Saturday afternoon. Fair vice president Peter Weeks said Caterpillar provided the backhoe, and any adult with experience operating one can enter. Competitors will have to move objects with finesse and in the fastest time.

The fair board doubled its budget for the Friday night fireworks, which will be provided by Steve Marson’s Central Maine Pyrotechnics.

“I told him I wanted to make Pittston Fair look like New York City for one night,” Weeks said. “He said, ‘I can do that.’ Last year he gave us a wicked sweet show. He said he was going to light the sky up bigger and better for our anniversary.”

Susan McMillan — 621-5645

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