100 Years Ago: 1922

Owing to the increase in entries the past two years and rapidly growing interest in the Art and Fancy Works Department in the Exhibition building at the State fair, the section always occupied by this feature will have an increase in space this season.

There will be many new exhibitors this year and it is advisable that those who wish to submit entries of  fancy work, painting, ete, should get in touch as soon as possible with Mrs. Arthur Field, chairman of the committee, tel. 1388-W, Mrs. Frank Wellman or Mrs. Guy Fitts who have this department in charge.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Lisbon High will be one of the first schools in the area to have the new synthetic sports surface on their gymnasium, according to Richard Ladner, superintendent of schools. Ladner said the underlayment is now being installed in preparation for the new covering that is manufactured by Robbins Flooring in Lisbon Village. Prior to the work on the floor the entire gym had been repainted and repair work is now in progress on the new locker and shower room area with ceramic tiles being installed.

25 Years Ago: 1997


Hot air may lift the gigantic balloons, but it’s lots of hard work from hundreds of volunteers that will get the Fifth  Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival off the ground later this month. It’s scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 22 to 24.

The spectacle of dozens of multi-colored balloons floating upward and across the Lewiston-Auburn skyline has become a must-do summer event for thousands of people in northern New England. The festivals popularity also helps fill many local cash registers, according to Bethel Shields, president of the Great Falls Balloon Festival’s Board of Directors, a University of Maine study showed that just under $1 million is spent on meals, lodging, gas, and in area shops throughout the twin cities.

To ensure such measures of success, volunteers are the life-blood of the festival, she said. It’s a totally non-commercial event with numerous non-profit organizations lending their resources and manpower to the effort. There are no admission charges to the public for the public events.

This year’s festival has more of everything – entertainment, food and various community activities. It is expected that 40 balloons will be here, Shields said, in addition to the four large “shape” balloons: a massive birthday cake balloon, a balloon resembling Shamu the whale, another shaped like a bald eagle, and one shaped like the purple people eater of late 1960s record and cartoon fame.

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