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Jun 2, 2020








A whipped cream pie eating contest will be among the several children’s events offered at the Raymond Town Fair on Sunday, July 10. Courtesy photo.

Raymond Town Fair

Where: Raymond Town Common
When: Pageant Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. The fair officially opens Friday, July 8, at 5 p.m., with activities until dusk, and continues Saturday, July 9, dawn to dusk, and Sunday, July 10, dawn to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free fair admission and parking 
Tickets to Thursday’s pageant are $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors, and children under 6 get in for free. Proceeds will benefit the Miss and Jr. Miss Raymond Scholarship Program.
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Fair games
New events and attractions at 41st annual Raymond Town Fair

By Matt Ingersoll

 Don’t miss a whole weekend of family fun, food, live music, carnival rides and several special events at the 41st annual Raymond Town Fair, kicking off on Thursday, July 7, with the Miss Raymond Pageant.

The festivities will pick up again on the Raymond Town Common at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 8, and continue from dawn until dusk on Saturday, July 9, and from dawn through 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.
The free fair draws crowds from several towns around Raymond, according to Judy Maynard, co-chair of the Raymond Town Fair Committee.
“We’re always looking for something new to get the community involved, and to get more people involved,” Maynard said. “We have our first meeting in January, when we sit down and try to come up with some ideas to get more people to come out.”
On Friday, for example, the fair will offer helicopter rides for the first time across different areas of the town.
Several fundraisers and charity auctions are also going to take place during the weekend, including a silent auction by Boy Scout Troop 3 on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., a town-wide yard sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a pancake breakfast by Cub Scout Pack 100 on Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m.
“There will also be a couple of new kids’ events,” Maynard said. “One of them is the Children’s Traveling Tales series, where kids will get a little tour around different areas of the town and learn some aspects of the town.”
The Children’s Parade of Wheels will be held on Saturday morning, in which kids bring their own decorated wheeled vehicles. This year, the parade will be led by Ronald McDonald.
Those who have visited the fair in past years will remember several familiar events, such as the outhouse races on Saturday afternoon, followed by a huge fireworks celebration on the Raymond Town Common on Saturday night and the annual Hugh Holt Memorial Road Race on Sunday morning. Maynard said those will be featured at this year’s fair as well, but with a myriad of new added events to go with them.
Most of the new events will be featured on Sunday, Maynard said, and include hot air balloon rides, children’s sack racing, a dog parade and agility exhibition, a wife-carrying race, and much more. 
Those events will be followed by a children’s whip cream pie eating contest, a motorcycle awards show, a home-baked dessert cook-off, and a tug-of-war competition.
“We try to bring all kinds of different things that will appeal to all different kinds of people,” she said.
Maynard said that anyone interested in signing up to participate in these events can access the sign-up sheets for them on or on 
She added that both pages will be updated frequently with new sign-up information in the days leading up to the fair.
The dog parade is being sponsored by Paw Tuckaway Pet in Raymond. 
Participants should meet at Iber Holmes Gove Middle School (1 Stephen K. Batchelder Parkway) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. 
Dog owners are required to bring leashes and costumes and to clean up after their own dogs, as well as bring water for them. 
The short form that can be found via the fair’s Facebook page must be filled out and mailed or emailed to Susan Cygan, the shop’s owner.
Maynard said fake justices of the peace will be on hand at the wife-carrying contest in case anyone decides to “get married” or “get divorced.”
“We’ve been having a lot of fun with it at the planning committee,” she laughed. “You don’t have to actually be married to participate in the race. It’s [open] to all family members.”
Clean Up Day will follow, at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 11. Call the Town of Raymond at 895-4735 to volunteer in the cleanup, which is estimated to take about three hours. 

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