Maine Wild Blueberry Festival

Union Fair - Blue Berry Festival 2013

The Maine Wild Blueberry Festival at Union Fair was born in 1960 as a method of promoting the industry in Maine. The secondary goal of the festival was to find the best blueberry pie maker in the coastal area. Mrs. George Cole won that competition. Another feature of that original festival day was the junior pie eating contest won by Willard Pease. Choosing a Blueberry Queen became an added feature in 1961. Each contestant had to be sponsored by a blueberry packer or processor and would be chosen to represent the industry for a year. There were 13 contestants and Monalee Smith became Union Fair’s first queen. Union Fair was so committed to the festival that it petitioned legislature which … Continue reading →

Union Maine

Knox County Fair

From what I understand the Union fair started in 1869, just a few years after the American Civil War. I can’t help but wonder, how little has it changed? The horse racing, all the displays, quilts, jams and jellies, and the farm animals. The Union fair is a small gift that gives us a glimpse of what it was like in rural Maine – then and now. … Continue reading →

Union, Maine

Union Fair in Union, Maine: pig scramble, tractor pulls, thrill rides, demolition derby, bluberry pie eating contest, and MOXIE!!

Union, Maine Union is a rural community located in a countryside of rolling fields and woods, well watered with lakes and rivers. It situated at the junction of Routes 17, 131 and 235 about 15 miles inland from Rockland.  Present population is about 2,300. Farming (dairy, vegetable and blueberry) and service businesses form the basis of the economy. Union is home to the Union Fair and Maine Blueberry Festival as well as the Maine Antiques Festival; both events are held at the Union Fairgroundsduring August. Many residents commute to work in the coastal towns or in the state capitol of Augusta. Union village is centered around Union Common, reputed to be the one of the oldest existing public greens in … Continue reading →