An "Old-Fashioned" Union Fair Kicks Off Saturday

UNION, Maine (WABI) Summer may be winding down, but fair season is still in full force.

The Union Fair is just one of 24 agricultural fairs in Maine.

It starts tomorrow...

"Agriculture. that's the name of this fair."

Over the next eight days, thousands of folks will walk through the gates of the Union Fair.

"It's a true agricultural fair. Yes, we have the midway and carnival rides, but we really focus on the agricultural aspect. The horse pulling, the cattle shows, the sheep and pigs. We really want people to come to the agricultural aspect and learn about the agriculture and the industry."

Union Fair president, Ron Hawes, is the 7th generation of Hawes involved in the fair.

"It's a 12 month event trying to organize. We actually start planning September for next year. First of August we start getting really nervous because we have so much to do and so little time left."

The day before the midway opens is a busy one.

Folks rushing to get everything done.

"We think we have around 200 volunteers every year that make this fair a success and without them we couldn't do it."

The fair features carnival rides, food, animals, and a place moxie lovers will want to see.

"We have over 10,000 items on display and an extensive moxie exhibit. The only one in the world.."

The Matthew's Museum on the fairgrounds is one of the largest fair museums in the state.

Also, the home of the drink with quite an acquired taste.

"You either love it or you hate it. The descriptions are various from ambrosia to motor oil. It does have a slight medicinal taste to it, however that is overshadowed by the nice flavor of the original moxie with the Jensen root."

And regardless if you're a fan of Maine's official soft drink, there's sure to be something at the Union Fair for everyone.