FRYEBURG – Fryeburg Fair trustees approved a $271,000 capital improvement budget at their annual meeting April 7.

A steel reinforced $125,000 mobile stage used for the night shows at the main grandstand tops the 14-item list approved by members of the West Oxford Agricultural Society. The 24-by-50-foot structure will be built by Rubb Building Systems, a worldwide company with a plant in Sanford.

The stage will be the third in the fair’s history. The current 20-year-old stage was beginning to show its age. The old stage has been stored on the back side of the harness racing track. The new one will be parked at the head of the stretch in a special area created behind the first aid station.

The 157-year-old agricultural fair runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7 this year.

The Oct. 1-6 evening entertainment lineup features Haven Quint on Monday night, Patti Page on Tuesday, Jenny Paquette on Wednesday, Denny Breau & Betty Cody on Thursday, Vince Vance & The Valiants on Friday and Farmer’s Daughter on Saturday. All shows start at 8 p.m. There is no additional charge for admittance once on the grounds.

Additional projects approved for completion this year include a new park by the Fiber Center behind the pulling ring, an addition to the poultry barn to expand the chick hatching area and a small addition to the main camping office.

Much of the money will be spent on improvements and upgrades, including $30,000 for paving, $20,000 in computer upgrades, $15,000 each in water and electrical upgrades and 25 new picnic tables. Additionally, $25,000 has been allocated to comply with requests from the state fire marshal’s office.

Further information is available at the fair’s Web site –

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