A section of the colorful midway of the World of Mirth is busy with some of the thousands of folks who attended the Bangor State Fair Tuesday, July 29, 1952. In the background are three giant Ferris wheels. Credit: Danny Maher

The Bangor State Fair has been a mainstay since at least 1849 and is regarded as one of the oldest state fairs in the country. As many as 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s fair, which will include a number of rides, 4-H events, food vendors, live music and more. And while the times may have changed, the Bangor State Fair hasn’t, as shown from pictures documenting the fair’s long history.

1952

Credit: Danny Maher | BDN Archives

1964

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Credit: BDN Archives
Credit: BDN Archives

1965

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Credit: BDN Archives

1969

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Credit: BDN Archives

1973

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Credit: BDN Archives

1978

Credit: Scott Haskell | BDN Archives

2002

2004

Credit: Bridget Brown

2007

Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

2014

Credit: Nok-Noi Ricker

2016

Credit: Ashley L. Conti

2017

Credit: Ashley L. Conti
Credit: Ashley L. Conti
Credit: Ashley L. Conti
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Lindsay Putnam

Lindsay Putnam is a senior editor for sports and features at the Bangor Daily News. Lindsay previously worked as an editor and reporter at the New York Post. She's a York Beach native and Colby College...