Workers climbing down from dismantling the Ferris wheel are reflected in a large puddle today at the Windsor Fair. Except for the 4-H livestock auction, all fair events were cancelled today because of the heavy rain in the morning.
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
By MichaelShepherd-Staff Writer
Sept 2, 2013
WINDSOR.MAINE — The last day of this year's Windsor Fair, in its 125th installment, was a washout.
Thomas Foster, president of the fair, said organizers decided to cancel most events at the fair because of downpours forecast for early Monday morning. The fair was scheduled to run from Aug. 25 through Monday.
On Monday morning, the National Weather Service said many communities in Central Maine could expect 3 to 5 inches of rain, leading to a flood warning being issued for southern Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and surrounding counties.
"It's coming down in buckets right now," Foster said in the morning.
Rides and harness racing were closed, and the only event that remained on the schedule was an afternoon beef and lamb auction, putting a damper on attendance on the fair's last day.
Still, Foster said attendance was estimated at just under 100,000 this year. That threshold is eclipsed most years, and Foster said it likely would have been this year if the fair opened Monday.
"It's been a good week," he said. "No records or anything like that, but we had a good year."