WATERFORD — With the completion of the new steer and oxen barn, Penelope's Ice Cream Booth and the new stage recently moved into place, things are beginning to look like a great fair for the Waterford World's Fair, Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, on the Green Road, across from Melby's Market, in North Waterford, just off Route 35.
The 28- by 82-foot barn is very near finished and will house 22 pair of steer or oxen. Project manager is Dale Merrill with volunteers Louis Senecal III and Louis Senecal II from Roofing Mechanic of Norway.
Ron Hill, maintenance superintendent for the fairgrounds, has completed a new 12- by 12-foot ice cream booth for fair members to serve banana splits, sundaes, shakes and ice cream.
The covered stage arrive a couple of weeks ago with help of Ron Fitts of Ron's Double Wide from South Paris and is ready for the 19 local performers to take center stage on all three days as well as the baby show which will take place at noon on Saturday. A parking area has been added behind Old MacDonald's Barn for camping and truck and trailer parking.
More than 30 vendors have signed up for a space in the midway.
The exhibition hall has several new contests from pot holders and an old-fashioned homemade apron to the whoopie pie contest. Entries for the whoopie pie contest must include four on a plate; one will be judged and three will go to the fair food booth to be sold. A scrapbook contest, stamping contest and teddy bear collection contest are all new this year.
Food will be available at the Waterford Firemen's food booth, Vi's food shack and the Waterford World's Fair mobile food booth.
Friday will be Senior Citizens Day with admission for seniors only $3. The first 150 seniors will get a free lunch. A health fair and silent auction will take place. The Felt Band will play old-time music for all to enjoy.
Returning events will be three pig scrambles, Wee Man and He man contest, Old MacDonald's Barn will be full of a large variety of animals to pet, Summit Adventures will return with bungee and rock climbing, bikes give-aways, the Soak A Dope booth, antique tractor pulls, ladies skillet throw, the barrel train for youngsters to ride around the grounds, the team Back Seat Driver contest and animal competitions.