A Photo Tour of the Oxford County Fair - Oxford, Maine
It's fair season in Maine, and this is usually the first of a few that we attend in the fall. The Oxford County Fair is closest to the Parris House, only about five miles away in neighboring Oxford. It's a lot of fun, a place to see old friends and meet new people with common interests. We went last night, Friday night, and took a few pics. Hope you enjoy this little photo tour of the Oxford County Fair, a Maine tradition which dates back to 1842. - Beth
Interior of the home and agricultural museum display. Interestingly, I have quite a few of the type of items on display that I actively use in my home. :)
Those 19th century square cut nails are pretty much the type holding the Parris House together, and they also surface out of the garden every year here.
Spectacular blue ribbon rug hooked by our own Maine hooker Edna Olmstead (who also brings you our wonderful flannel frame covers). Design by Brenda Sauro of the Painted Mermaid studio in South Paris, Maine.
Incredible display of quilting square designs used during the 19th century as signals to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Quilts would be hung outdoors along the way to indicate the route, safe havens, etc.
These needle felted pieces done by children were in the 4H center. I love seeing the work of the next generation of wool artisans.
Western Maine is known for its gem mines. We have a great deal of quartz, amethyst, and tourmaline in these mountains.
This is the pulling barn. I like to watch the draft horse pulls, but we were not there at the right time for that.
- Parris House Wool Works