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Bangor State Fair 2023

Traditional summertime entertainment for the whole family

Dates: August 3–6, 2023

The largest fair in the state of Maine, Bangor State Fair, is held every summer at Bass Park in Bangor, Maine. One of the oldest fairs in New England dates back to 1849. A favourite summer tradition for many families in the Greater Bangor Area lasts for ten days, drawing about 50,000 fairgoers annually.

The Bangor State Fair features a midway with exciting rides, numerous food vendors, 4-H events, live music, demolition derby, water show, acrobats, the Farmer's Draft Horse Show, truck & tractor pull, and more entertainment. Agriculture displays include Old Macdonalds Farm, Animal Alley, and Frisbee Dogs.

The fair is open from noon to 9 pm on weekends and from 2 pm to 9 pm on weekdays. General admission is $7 and it includes most shows, animals, all the exhibitions, and contests. Rides require a separate ticket sold in booths at the main gate or across the midway. For the admission, you can pay with cash or credit/debit card. Most vendors prefer cash, and only some may accept cards, but there are plenty of ATMs throughout the fairgrounds. There are no camping facilities for the fairgoers, but there are plenty of options in the area.

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Are camping spaces available at the fair?

A limited number of camping sites on the fair's grounds is available for agricultural participants, but no camping for the general public. Show more

How much does it cost to get into the fair?

Admission is free for children under three. The adult ticket's price to the 2021 Bangor State Fair will be determined in the months leading up to the event. The admission includes most shows, all the exhibitions, all the animals, and all the contests. Rides are offered at a separate fee. Show more

May I bring my dog to the fair?

No pets are allowed on the midway, except of service animals. On a limited basis, pets of fairgoers are allowed in the Agricultural Area, namely for the 4-H Dog Show. Don't leave your animals in the car. The pets left in vehicles will be reported to the proper authority. Show more

Is the Bangor State Fair canceled for 2020?

The 2020 Bangor State Fair was canceled due to COVID-19. The tentative dates for the 2021 edition are July 29–August 7, 2021. Show more

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