Patti’s Aug. 27 “Inside New Gloucester” column

Millie Miles won a new bike at the New Gloucester Community Fair Aug. 21 – on the day after her third birthday. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

New Gloucester Community Fair celebrated as rousing success

The New Gloucester Community Fair on Aug. 21 had a lot to offer fair-goers – performances of musical hits spanning multiple decades, a magician, booths set up by local organizations, watercraft on the river, critters, food, cheerleading demos and an antler toss, to name but a few. The organizing committee, led by Peter Bragdon, was comprised of Jen Bragdon, Hannah Deem, Jessica Farwell, Holly Robinson and Paul Larrivee Jr., selectmen liaison.

Peter Bragdon provided a post-event digest: “The Community Fair Committee was extremely happy with the fair. With challenges of heat, COVID-19 and a scheduling conflict with other large events, we still saw nearly 1,700 people on the fairgrounds during its six-hour duration. I estimate that approximately 400 volunteer and town staff hours were dedicated into developing the fair.

“I would like to express special thanks to my fellow committee members, our volunteers and sponsors, and, of course, the attendees. Our committee is already looking ahead to 2022 and ways we can make our Community Fair even better.”

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