A FAIR-ly Good Way to Spend Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day, first celebrated on September 5, 1883–and it will be on the 5th this year, too!–was originally created as a day to honor the American worker’s “social and economic achievements,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor website. And while that’s still true, it might just as accurately be called “Summer’s Last Hurrah Day.”

Blue Hill Fair postcard, 1965

In case you’re looking for a way to celebrate–something festive, family-oriented, and Maine-centered–may we suggest a good old Down East country fair? Blue Hill’s got one going on, now through Monday. Begun in the late 19th century, the Blue Hill Fair is, according to the Fair website, a “true down to earth country fair,” traditionally held around Labor Day.

Last year, students from Blue Hill digitized historic images from the Fair in years past, and researched its history, for an online exhibit as part of the town’s Maine Community Heritage Project website. So before you head Down East, you can read up!

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