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After taking a year off during the worst of the pandemic, the Acton Fair returns this weekend with all your favorite attractions and events. The festivities kicked off Thursday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m. with judging of oxen and steers in the show ring. The packed schedule of agricultural and arts and crafts competitions, music and entertainment of all kinds, commercial exhibits, carnival rides, fair food and more will wind up Sunday, August 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Local farmers will be well represented at the Fair. McDougal Orchards has been setting up a display of their apples and other produce in the Agriculture building for decades. Giles Family Farm, Kelly and Romac Orchards will be there too, along with other local farms and backyard gardeners looking for that Blue Ribbon.

There will be local entertainment on hand as well. Sanford’s Don Gauthier will perform in the Music Pavilion on Friday afternoon, and Phoenix Elite Dance Company will perform on Saturday. Evening entertainment at the Grandstand will feature Nashville singer Jamie Lee Thurston on Thursday, the Miss Acton Fair competition on Friday, and Three Hour Tour on Saturday.

While you’re recovering from a ride on the Sizzler, look for Against The Grain’s building in the commercial section near the exhibition halls. Charlie and Dianna Austin and their staff will be there with live edge slabs suitable for all kinds of home remodeling, furniture and woodworking projects. Their Springvale company carries a wide variety of hardwoods including curly and bird’s eye maple, black walnut and many others.

Of course, no visit to the Acton Fair would be complete without a stop by the Rotary Club’s booth for some of their world famous grilled chicken livers! They’ll be serving them up Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 to 8:00, and Sunday from 11:00 to 3:00. The funds raised go to support many worthy projects, both local and international.

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