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                Fair & Festival


                                                               BY T.S. CHAMBERLAND
                                                               Summer days bring on the fun

                                                                    N MAINE, FAIRS and festivals beckon people out into
                                                                    the open air with entertainment and culture, offering
                                                                    an array of interests. Put on your comfortable shoes,
                                                                    grab the sunscreen, gather a group of friends and load
                                                              I the kids into the vehicle; it’s time to experience fair
                                                              season in the Oxford Hills.

                                                               Founder’s Day and a
                                                               whole lotta vintage cars

                                                               Start the season off right and spend the day in South Paris
                                                               for Founder’s Day and Classic Car Exhibit. This year the fes-
                                                               tivities take place on July 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the
                                                               Hamlin Memorial Library & Museum on historic Paris Hill.
                                                               The first time Founder’s Day was held was in 1907, according
                                                               to Jennifer Lewis, event coordinator and librarian at Hamlin
                                                               Memorial Library & Museum.
                                                                “The initial Founder’s Day event occurred 1907 and was
                                                               more of a traditional Founder’s Day,” explains Lewis. “When
                                                               the village would celebrate the founder of our library and
                                                               museum, Augustus Choate Hamlin.”
                                                                Families with young children will find lots to do and feel
                                                               good that they will also be helping raise money for the com-
                                                               munity. Past years have included a bounce house and horse
                                                               drawn wagons. Whatever you do, make sure to take in the
                                                               live music throughout the day.
                                                                Founder’s Day also means arts and crafts and local food
                                                               vendors. You might find yourself perusing the variety of goods
                                                               for sale; everything from homemade soaps and wood crafts
                                                               to hand-painted bottles and hand-crafted jewelry.
                                                                Since its inception, the event has gone through changes

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