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This year's Harmony Labor Day Free Fair kicks off on Friday, August 29th with a crowd favorite truck pull and continues through Monday, September 1st with events and attractions for all. New events this year include a 5k Run/Walk in memory of John Morrison, a longtime supporter of the Harmony community, on Saturday morning, and a 10-bicycle giveaway for kids on Monday afternoon. A program book, available at Fair sponsors throughout the area, provides detailed information about the Fair. Put on by the Patriarchs Club, a local community betterment organization, the Harmony Fair does not charge for admission or parking, a 67-year-long tradition.
The Fair offers something for everyone, from a demolition derby on Saturday to free entertainment all weekend to livestock events that include a sheep dog demonstration. Two Coves Farm’s border collies will herd sheep and ducks in an educational and fun display. Food is an important part of any fair, and the Harmony Labor Day Free Fair has a wide variety of vendors offering everything from deep fried items to ice cream.
Local organizations, including the Harmony and Wellington Volunteer Fire Departments, raise money for their activities through booths on the grounds, as does the Harmony Patriarchs Club. Coffee is less than a $1 at the Patriarchs Club booth, and a meal can be purchased for under $5.
Seven musical groups- “the Friday Night Jammers”, “Bob Elston & the Road Rangers”, “A#1 Variety Show”, “3 Horsemen”, “EP Rock”, “Old Blues Kats”, and “New Relm” will perform on stage over the holiday weekend. This year an additional stage has been added to accommodate all the entertainment, which includes Conjuring Carroll and Maine-ly Balloons.
A talent show on Sunday evening has over $500 in cash and prizes awarded by a panel of judges in multiple categories.
Midway by Kavanaugh Amusements will offer a mega-bracelet good for all four days for $35. Single-day ride bracelets will be available too. Built jointly by the Patriarchs Club and the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, an exhibition hall houses fire apparatus and ambulance equipment most of the year and showcases local produce, crafts, and educational exhibits during the Fair. Also, a Fiber Arts Barn offers daily demonstrations. A youth livestock show will take place on Saturday morning. A cribbage tournament, arm wrestling for youths and adults, a horseshoe tournament, foul shooting contest, and frog jumping are a few contests to be held during the event. The draft horse and oxen events will be combined on Sunday morning. A doodlebug pull will be held on Sunday afternoon. The Fair’s website, www.harmonyfreefair.org, and Facebook page provide more information.
Sunday evening the fairgrounds light up with a fireworks display by Central Maine Pyrotechnics. After the fireworks, the Aliza Jean Family Cancer Foundation will have a remembrance balloon release, "Liza's Lights of Love". The LED balloons will be available by donation and people can purchase them in memory of a loved one. Labor Day begins at 9:30 AM with a parade, and the award for best float has been increased to $150. The parade will feature antique cars and tractors, fire trucks, and much more. The horse show, a longstanding tradition in Harmony, begins after the parade. The 67th Harmony Labor Day Free Fair closes on Monday evening, September 1st, with a grand prize drawing.
Over fifty prizes are donated by local businesses and tickets are sold both before and during the Fair. Two grand prize winners will each receive a Husqvarna 450 chain saw - donated by Morrison’s Garage.