FARMINGTON — James Arey pushed the potato dicer handle down for the umpteenth time Wednesday to make french fries at the Farmington Fair. The dicing followed the potatoes going through the peeler.

Arey of Presque Isle was making the fries at the King and Queen French Fries booth. Fifty-pound bags of potatoes from Bell’s Farm in Auburn were stacked, waiting to be billed and cut.

They had already used 1,750 pounds of potatoes since the fair opened Sunday. They had 7,900 pounds of potatoes, or 158 of the 50-pound bags, to start, and Arey expected most to be gone by the time the fair closed Saturday.

The business is owned by Pam Webber of Kennebunk. Her father started it in Presque Isle in 1958.

They travel to seven sites a year to provide french fries, including Fryeburg Fair and the Cumberland County Craft Show.

“It can be stressful at times, but we deal with it,” Arey said.

Even at 10:30 a.m., people were buying them.

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