A Haven for Vee

Saturday, October 8, 2011

This Year'sTrip to the Fryeburg Fair

If you want to read about Maine's Premier Fair, I'll send you *here.* Sometimes I have imagined this post or that here at my blog to be a stellar piece of writing. I confess that I have felt this way about that post. My dear friend commented saying, "0 comments on this?????????" making it the one and only comment. Since she said that last year, I've rather thought that she liked the piece. I suppose, however,  that she could have meant just the opposite. = )

With few comments and some captions, enjoy the pictures. I hope that you'll feel as if you went with me to the fair.


Before the Snow Plow Came the Snow Roller

Sorting Cranberries

Salesman's Miniature Stove Sample

Vintage License Plates

Quilt Squares Waiting

Vintage Seed Display

John Enjoys a Chat

One Lunger (A Fairbanks Morse)

An Allis-Chalmers as John Used to Ride Back on the Farm

A Greenhouse on Display

Before 9 in the Morning

Vintage Milk Truck

Nice Raised Bed

Vardo/Gypsy Wagon


Vardos Side by Side

All Dressed and Ready to Show

Waiting for the Flower Show to Begin

John Orders Lunch While an Interested Gentleman Listens On


Chewing on Mama's Tail

My Favorite Apron

Note Quilt of Books

Bat Facts

Quilt Mosaic~The One in the Middle is My Favorite

Over the River Quilt

I hope that you've enjoyed the stroll. Have a great weekend!


  1. Vee this post is just amazing, I am so delighted to see the wagons, Dundon is an Irish Traveller name and many of the families I work with have roll top wagons. I think this must be the best fair I have ever seen, your opening photo is so beautiful, I love the quilts the veg, the flowers, really lovely, thank you for posting. So sorry to read about the frost, why shouldn't you weep for the morning glory, I cry for lots of things, and the joke in my family is that I am available for weddings, births, funerals etc...I still don't care, I cry when the moment comes on me. Big hugs, Margie.

  2. I love this post! ( I love all your posts, really I do.) I still can't get over the ppl. wearing jackets. Then I remember your in Maine. :)--Blessings

  3. What a wonderful fair! I loved all the quilts, especially the one that looked like a bookcase full of books, oh, and the American flag quilt!

    The wagons were amazing and thanks for showing the information sign...it was interesting to read.

    This is the fair that the one in Charlotte's Web is based on, right?

    Thanks for sharing it with us!


  4. What a wonderful country fair! The kind that you read about in books and remember from childhood. The fall flowers are beautiful. I want one of those Gypsy Wagons!!

  5. Yes, Deanna, this is the fair that E.B. White based the fair on in Charlotte's Web. Back in the day, Andy White, as he was known, would have been hanging around the animal barns as he would've brought some of his pigs or sheep to show.

  6. Hi Vee,
    I loved that! The vardo info was very interesting! Looks like a great place to visit.
    If you want to know what happened to Earl come over to my blog. This is the 3 rd year the witches I have, fly throughout blogland causing havoc. This year they snatched Lynn's pig, Earl, and it has everyone's knickers in a knot. Just a little bit of fun!
    Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather we are having here on Long Island!

  7. -chuckle- Of course "Only one comment???" meant that I liked it, back then!!! Silly Girl. :-)

    But that was way back in '07, and must have been before people *found* your blog.

    As to this year's visit, all I can say is "Wow!" Beautiful weather. Lots of walking, and seeing. Just a purrrrrrfect Autumn day trip. :-)

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Gentle hugs,
    "Auntie♥" (who is backkkkkkkkkkk) ,-)

    "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." ~~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

  8. The American Flag quilt just blew me out of the water...and I love the gypsy wagons (as a kid, I thought if I wasn't good, the gypsies would "get" me)...your photos of all this fun are awesome...and I did feel like I was going along with you. :))

    To understand the story on my post, ya gotta go visit Cuisine Kathleen and then to Happier Than A Pig....:))
    Just a bit of silliness...it's good for the soul, you know. :))
    xo bj

  9. So was was I in October, 2007?

    Now that's a true fall fair...held in October! Our community fair is called the 'fall fair'...but is held in mid-August. And I googled Fryeburg Fair...to find the most reasonable entrance fee also covers the evening entertainment. Good deal!

    Thanks for the tour...of the Fryeburg Country Fair.

  10. Loved seeing those gypsy wagons and that quilted flag. Have a great weekend Vee!

  11. Great slice of Americana! The flag quilt really caught my eye. Thank you for sharing!


  12. Thanks so much for the visit to your fair! That was a fun post!

    I was absolutely amazed at the flag quilt. It made my quilt itch go into over-drive, but then I remembered that I CANNOT start any new quilts until I finish the ones that are hanging around.

  13. Thank you for taking me to the fair, the kind I remember fondly. I haven't been to one in years. Love the gypsy wagons!

  14. Thanks for the visit to the fair - it is like a storybook fair. I'm glad you pointed out the book quilt - I'd have thought it was a bookcase!

  15. I did enjoy my virtual stroll though Fryeburg Fair through your blog, Vee! My favorite object was the old cast iron stove. My grandmother had a big cast iron stove (in black) and I loved watching her cook on that stove wehn I was a child. The very best food came out of her oven and off her stovetop :)

  16. Looking at the pictures, I'd say that you both had a lovely time!
    I like that quilt too, as my Mom quilted the same one recently! :)


  17. That looks like it would be so much fun, especially to visit with a friend while sipping hot apple cider.

    I am coveting that flag quilt!

  18. Hi Vee!

    Oh my! I could almost taste the apple cider and hot dogs!! What fun pictures! I especially loved the quilts, the pigs and the gypsy wagons! Wait a minute . . . I also loved the aprons and the wonderful bottles of canned food, looking so pretty all in a row! I really did need to go to the fair today - thanks for the trip!


  19. Oh Vee, I loved the stroll through this interesting fair, sure looks like fun.
    My favorite picture...the beautiful wreath and the fall flowers and decorations in the first picture.....I want my porch to look like this...

  20. Your fair is similar,and yet different from our fairs. I don't quite know how to put it into words...and yet I like both of them.

    Beautiful stroll.

    That gentleman did seem quite taken with whatever John was ordering. Smile.

  21. Aw, Vee, what a nice day for taking in the fair! And a nice fair it is! I love all the exhibits and especially the canned goods - the display is attractive - they one they had at our fair this year was not very attractive. Lots of entries, but not pretty to look at. I love the old tractors, too, and the livestock. Don't do rides anymore, but I sure love fair food! Thanks for taking us along!

  22. This looks like a fun event Vee. I hope you had a good time. It is much like the Fredericton Exhibition which was held the first of September. My friends and I enjoyed our trip to Camden area. It was so beautiful but no coloured trees yet which was disappointing. Have a great weekend!

  23. Enjoyed going to your fair with you, Vee. Our state fair is next week and this makes me look forward to it even more. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend.

  24. I missed the fairs in this area this year, so I went with you! I most enjoyed the old milk truck and the antique red stove - oh and reading about the Vardos! Interesting! I thought as I scrolled down, "it's a good thing that we have patient husbands! Patient to walk and wait while we take pictures and patient while we post them!" Looks like there was plenty of eats and sights for the men folk too! Blessings! -~Gwen~

  25. i saw charlotte in your lovely photos!
    thank you for treating us to the fair.
    and no tummy aches!

  26. How wonderful to have a fair in the fall. Ours is in the heat of the summer and is just too hot and crowded to enjoy. These photos are great!

  27. Lea~

    If you can tell me where, you win!

    (I left her in one place and removed her in the other so just let me know.)

  28. Hurrah for Vee going to her state fair and letting me virtually tag along.

    I missed my state's fair this year...by going to yours I saved time money and energy, and by not indulging in fried fair food temptation my waistline was spared a hit too.

    Writing this from Charleston SC..spending saved, time, money and energy, and indulging in fried southern food. Waistline is under seige!

  29. PS: loved the book quilt and lust after the beautiful gypsy wagons. I learned something new about them and a new word too!

  30. Beautiful quilts. The flag quilt was my favorite.

  31. Vee
    There are so many wonderful things, I don't think there's room to comment on it all.
    I just want to know, would you like to swap houses for a while?
    I've got to get out to the East someday and experience all its culture and beauty!!

  32. I adored the stroll! Thanks for the welcome back. I have to tell you that Nova Scotia, et al, does not hold a candle to your adorable state of Maine.

  33. Dear Vee,
    You asked what Gabe is up to, these days...

    You can see here, and here, and here... :-)

    Gentle hugs,

    "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." ~~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

  34. 2007 was before I even knew what a blog was. I was glad to have the chance to read what I had missed. How interesting that Patti Page is now into maple syrup making. My dad used to love her music.
    I thoroughly enjoyed tagging along with you to the fair. I love the fall display in your first photo, the milk truck, gypsy wagons, miniature stove, vintage seeds and the baby piggy. Did you pick up any good ideas at the flower show?

  35. Yes! ☺ Thanks, Kim, for stopping by. You weren't blogging in 2007? I thought all my blogging buds have been with me since the beginning.

  36. Well I must have missed commenting on last year's cause if it was anything like this years - I love it! I would loved to have tagged along.It's funny you ended with the wreath it was what drew my eye in the first photo. This fair is right up my alley - love the Vardo wagons too.

    Hope that you are enjoying your weekend!

  37. Wow that's a lot of photos.
    I enjoyed going to the fair with you. : )
    I love the old milk truck!!

  38. I love the gypsy wagon, the quilts, the apron...I love it all! Beautiful photos, Vee! Looks like a look to see and a lot of fun at the fair.


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