CLINTON — The Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair will open Thursday, bringing four days of exhibitions, food, rides, music and contests to the fairgrounds on Route 100 in Clinton.

This the fair’s 62nd year. It has been held in Clinton for the past 32 years.

The fair opens at 3 p.m. Thursday and will feature the Dana Perkins Puppet Show at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as the Maine Dairy Princess and Junior Princess beauty pageant contest finals at 7 p.m.

On all other days, the fair gates open at 8 a.m.

Friday’s events include the 16th annual woodsman’s day, with chopping, sawing and other competitions starting at 11 a.m. The popular event brings in professional competitors from New England and Canada. Friday is senior citizens’ day, with reduced price tickets and diner meals.

For children, a pig scramble will start at 6:30 p.m.,

The farm club also will present Friday events, including a draft horse show at 3 p.m. and a draft horse pull at 7 p.m.

Friday’s entertainment features Bob Elston and the Road Ranger Band with shows at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sharon Hood and the Dixon Road band with a show at 7 p.m.

Friday evening also will feature fireworks over the fairgrounds.

On Saturday, youths take over the fairgrounds for 4-H demonstrations, including working steers and ox pulling, throughout the day.

The annual street parade through Clinton will start at 10 a.m., including the Lawrence High School marching band, Kora Shriners, local floats, antique cars and more.

Back at the fairgrounds, the day will include truck- and tractor-pulling sessions at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mutton busting, also known as sheep riding, will start at 6:30 p.m. at the show ring. The show tent will feature acts such as the R.B. Hall Band, Country Sidekicks line dance demonstrations and Tickles the Clown shows.

In the evening, the Debbie Meyers show will start at 7.

Sunday will start with a nondenominational church service at 10 a.m. featuring the nationally known band Founded Trio.

The day will include mini-tractor pulling events, as well as horse and ox pulling.

Throughout the fair, there will be daily bingo and Krazy Ball, two exhibition halls featuring crafts, vegetables, 4-H, Grange and University of Maine Extension exhibits.

The Clinton Historical Society will have the history house open featuring artifacts from Clinton’s past, including a recently discovered 16-foot national mural painted by artist Viva Chamberlain.

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