The Houlton Agricultural Honest resumed its regular yearly actions July 3-4, though it was with out a few of its regular points of interest.
HOULTON, Maine — The Houlton Agricultural Honest resumed its regular yearly actions July 3-4, though it was with out a few of its regular points of interest.
The truthful was not held final yr because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however made its return this yr that includes agricultural displays equivalent to cows and farm equipment, alongside stands promoting sizzling canine, burgers, french fries, in addition to steak and pulled pork sandwiches.
However the truthful was with out its regular carnival rides and points of interest, as a consequence of scheduling constraints. Maybe due to that, solely a small variety of folks attended the truthful within the early hours of the occasion, a far cry from its regular turnout.
“It’s sort of disappointing there aren’t the massive crowds,” stated Laura Estabrook, who attended the occasion along with her daughter Alyssa and niece Delilah Jay. “However I sort of like this higher. There are not any strains.”
Because the day went on, extra folks started exhibiting as much as the truthful. The overwhelming majority of the later attendees got here to attend the demolition derby, one of many truthful’s signature occasions. A big crowd had gathered by the beginning of the derby, as contributors raced round in customized made automobiles to attempt to knock the others round.
Although the derby drew a large variety of spectators, different occasions continued within the later portion of the truthful, such because the Beef Present, the place farmers deliver a few of their cows to be proven to the gang.
Dana Brown of Exeter was one such farmer bringing his cows to be displayed. The meat present additionally drew a small quantity compared to the derby, however Brown stated he most well-liked a extra orderly turnout.
“It’s often robust, the truthful’s solely a two-day factor so often everybody comes directly,” Brown stated. “It’s good to have a extra regular circulation.”
The truthful continued Sunday with vintage tractor pulls and a fireworks show.