Photos: Photo coverage of Central Maine State Fairs

Debbie Tanger hangs stuffed animals with her grandson, Wixon Hinds, for the midway balloon pop July 19 at the Pittston Fair. The 70th annual agricultural fair will begin on Thursday and end on Sunday. Each day will feature the rides and concessions of Smokey’s Greater Shows and several events, including the Strawberry Queen Contest, culminating in a demolition derby on Sunday. Every day, a free driving lesson will be raffled off for visitors. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Sitting on her father Matt Pyenta’s lap, Madeline Pyenta, 20 months, looks down as baby show host Charlene Brown, bottom right, tries to chat with her on Thursday, June 23 at the fair of Monmouth. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

The line of nine babies sit on stage during the baby show on Thursday June 23 at the Monmouth Fair. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Babies and their carers sit on stage on Thursday June 23 during the Baby Show event at the Monmouth Fair. There were five participants in the 0-1 year age class and four participants in the 1-2 year age class. Charlene Brown, branch manager of show sponsor Monmouth Credit Union, presented each entrant with a blue ribbon and a stuffed toy along with a $2 bill. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

People view exhibits in the exhibition hall on Wednesday June 22 at the Monmouth Fair. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Jeff Kemp measures the metal roof over the entertainment stage on Sunday that volunteers are building to join the draw ring at the Monmouth showground. Maine’s first farm show of the year is set to open on Wednesday, when disco band Motor Booty Affair is scheduled to perform on the new stage and wrap up Saturday night. Kemp says his family has volunteered at the Monmouth Fair for four generations. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Fans and players take shelter from the rain on Sunday during a postponement of the Cal Ripken Regional All-Star Game at Chick Baseball Fields in Monmouth. Showers and temperatures in the 50s were reported across the state, according to the National Weather Service, with the threat of frost and possibly snow in northern and western Maine. Conditions are expected to be more seasonal mid-week. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Phoenix Klem, left, and Skyla Klem walk past during the Air Time Wednesday ride at the Monmouth Showgrounds. The 111th annual fair opened on Wednesday and will continue through Saturday. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Logan Robinson leads Drummer and Glory through the Farmers Log Haul course on Wednesday at the Monmouth Showground. In this event, competitors lead a pair of horses pulling a sled with logs through a curved course. To get a better score, they try to avoid touching or knocking over the cones. Their race is also timed and the fastest race wins in case of a tie. The 111th annual fair opened Wednesday and ran through Saturday. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

A blue ribbon sits on a plate of blueberry scones on Wednesday in the exhibition hall at Monmouth Showground. Scones were a special category in this year’s baking competitions in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th birthday on the British throne. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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