Heath set for 97th annual fair

Christopher Hansen, 3, of Georgetown inspects the steering wheel of a vintage International tractor before settling into the driver's seat at the Heath Fair on Saturday. Hansen wondered where he might be able to get a trailer to pull behind the rig. Recorder/Trish Crapo

Christopher Hansen, 3, of Georgetown inspects the steering wheel of a vintage International tractor before settling into the driver's seat at the Heath Fair on Saturday. Hansen wondered where he might be able to get a trailer to pull behind the rig. Recorder/Trish Crapo

HEATH ­— Fireworks, square-dancing, ox draws, farming talks — it all comes back this weekend for the 97th annual Heath Fair.

Food and animals are the big stars of this three-day agricultural event on a hilltop fairground, which begins Friday at 5 p.m.

But this year’s fair also has some major musical attractions as well: The Boxcar Lilies, who recently appeared at the Green River Festival, will be playing a set on Saturday at 1 p.m.

There will be a Pete Seeger Tribute at 11 a.m. Saturday.

On Friday night, traditional dance-caller and town Moderator Doug Wilkins will be back on the stage with Parsonsfield for square dancing from 9 to 11, right after the fireworks.

Throughout the weekend, there will be talks on agricultural and food topics, ranging from “Growing Gourmet Mushrooms” to “Raising Backyard Poultry.”

Throughout the weekend there will be wagon rides, children’s games, and the viewing of arts, crafts and beautiful produce in the Exhibit Hall.

Tickets are $8, $6 for seniors, with free admission for children ages 9 or younger. Parking is $1.

Online information is available at:

www.HeathFair.org

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