Skowhegan State Fairgrounds
33 Constitution Avenue, Skowhegan, ME 04976
Accommodating thousands, the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds is a unique venue that represents both Skowhegan’s history and the celebration of rural Maine life and its traditions of hunting, fishing, agriculture, and recreation.
The nation’s oldest continuously running agricultural fair, the Skowhegan State Fair celebrates 200 years in 2018. Skowhegan was located in Massachusetts when the first fair took place, as Maine didn’t become a state until 1820.
The present fairgrounds were acquired in 1856 and expanded over time as additional acreage became available.
In March 1999 a fire destroyed the Grandstand and Constitution Hall buildings. Both were rebuilt in the summer of 1999, completed just in time for that year’s fair. A new horse barn was also built in 1999.
In the early 2000s, The Stable (AKA The Beer Garden) was set up in Midway Hall; the Flower Building, later renamed the Donald Eames Building, was built; another horse barn and a new race paddock, named the Forrest “Bud” Stevens Memorial Paddock, were constructed; and a camping area was added. Most recently a state-of-the-art maple sugar shack was built—a fitting addition given that Skowhegan is the seat of Somerset County, the nation’s leading maple syrup producer.
Learn more at SkowheganStateFair.com.