Debbie Tanger hangs stuffed animals with her grandson, Wixon Hinds, for the balloon pop on the midway on July 19 at the Pittston Fair. The 70th annual agricultural exhibition will commence Thursday and wrap up Sunday. Each day will feature the rides and concessions from Smokey’s Greater Shows and several events, including the strawberry queen pageant, pulls and conclude with a demolition derby on Sunday. Each day a free driver education lesson will be drawn for visitors.  Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Sitting on her father Matt Pyenta’s knee, 20-month old Madeline Pyenta looks down while baby show host Charlene Brown, bottom right, tries to chat with her Thursday June 23 at the Monmouth Fair. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

The line of nine babies sits on stage during baby show Thursday June 23 at the Monmouth Fair. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Babies and their caregivers sit on stage Thursday June 23 during the the baby show event at the Monmouth Fair. There were five entrants in the age 0 to 1 class and four entrants in the age 1 to 2 class. Charlene Brown, branch manager for the show’s sponsor Monmouth Credit Union, awarded each entrant a blue ribbon and a stuffed animal toy with an attached $2 bill. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

People look at displays in the Exhibition Hall Wednesday June 22 at the Monmouth Fair. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Jeff Kemp measures the metal roof Sunday that overhangs the entertainment stage that volunteers are building to adjoin the pulling ring at the Monmouth Fairgrounds. Maine’s first agricultural exhibition of the year is set to open Wednesday, when disco band Motor Booty Affair is scheduled to perform on the new stage, and to wrap up Saturday night. Kemp says his family has been volunteering at the Monmouth Fair for four generations. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Fans and players take shelter from the rain Sunday during a delay of the regional Cal Ripken All-Star Game at Chick Baseball Fields in Monmouth. Downpours and temperatures in the 50s were reported across the state, according to the National Weather Service, with the threat of frost and perhaps snow in northern and western Maine. Conditions are expected to be more seasonable by midweek. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Phoenix Klem, left, and Skyla Klem swing past on the Air Time ride Wednesday at the Monmouth Fairgrounds. The 111th annual fair opened Wednesday and runs through Saturday. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Logan Robinson directs Drummer and Glory through the farmers horse log hauling course Wednesday at the Monmouth Fairgrounds. In that event, contestants direct a pair of horses pulling a sledge with logs through a curving course. To get a better score they try to avoid touching or knocking over the cones. Their run is also timed and the faster run wins in the case of a tie. The 111th annual fair opened Wednesday and ran through Saturday. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

A blue ribbon sits on a plate of blueberry scones Wednesday in the Exhibition Hall of the Monmouth Fairgrounds. Scones were a special category in this year’s baking contests in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the British throne. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Sarah Perkins shows young onlookers the proper way to milk a goat during a 10 a.m. demonstration at the Pittston Fair. Chris Bouchard/Kennebec Journal

Sarah Perkins, owner of Ledgeway Farm in Pittston, prepares her goats before a 10 a.m. milking demonstration at the Pittston Fair on Saturday. Chris Bouchard/Kennebec Journal

Goats with Ledgeway Farm greet prepare for a 10 a.m. milking demonstration at the Pittston Fair on Saturday. Chris Bouchard/Kennebec Journal

Guests enjoyed food and entertainment for a variety of vendors on Saturday at the Pittston Fair. Chris Bouchard/Kennebec Journal

Sarah Perkins, owner of Ledgeway Farm in Pittston, explains how goats are milked during a 10 a.m. demonstration at the Pittston Fair on Saturday. Chris Bouchard/Kennebec Journal

A driver slams into a competing vehicle Sunday during the demolition derby at the Pittston Fair. The last day of the annual agricultural exhibition featured a baby pageant, the strawberry queen coronation, a pig scramble and destruction of several automobiles. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Manuel Levitt Licona climbs the Ferris wheel Wednesday as workers with Smokey’s Greater Shows set up for the 204th Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds. The fair, which began in January 1819, is one of the oldest fairs in the country. It opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 20 Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

A crew member with Smokey’s Greater Shows sets up a ride Wednesday in preparation for the opening of the 204th Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country, begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 20. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Manuel Levitt Licona climbs the Ferris wheel Wednesday as workers from Smokey’s Greater Shows set up for the 204th Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country, begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 20. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Crews with Smokey’s Greater Shows set up a ride Wednesday as they prepare for the opening of the Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country, begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 20.Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

A crew member with Smokey’s Greater Shows sets up a ride Wednesday in preparation for the opening of the Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country, begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 20. Michael Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Darrell Watson of Smokey’s Greater Shows prepares the cotton candy stand Wednesday for the opening of the Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country, begins Thursday and runs until Aug. 20. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

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