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Springfield Fair shares offered for sale

August 15 - The Springfield Fair first opened in 1851. Over the years, the fair's fortunes have gone up and down. Since Kirk and Kevin Ritchie purchased it in 1991, the Labor Day weekend fair has grown steadily, regaining its stature as a premier family event. It is now owned by Kirk Ritchie and John Krapf. There have been opportunities to sell the fair, but Kirk Ritchie said he was "not comfortable that those people would have continued operating the fair as a fair." He sees the fair as an important regional activity and doesn't want to "see it fall on hard times again."

Kirk owns 65 of the fair's 100 shares, and John owns the remaining 35. Kirk has decided he will offer his shares for sale in order to involve more people in operating the fair. He says, "Most successful fairs are run by a group of people", with the work evenly shared and new ideas implemented. As much as he has enjoyed the fair he feels the time is right to sell his shares, with the fair poised for continued growth. John is not sure if he wishes to sell his interest, but will consider it.

Potential investors can contact Kirk anytime for more information, including a tour of the fairgrounds at 91 Park Street in Springfield. His home phone is 738-2123 and his cell phone is 290-1554.

Lee and I love the Springfield Fair. We designed and maintain the fair's website at www.thespringfieldfair.com, and spend some time each Labor Day weekend photographing the fun for their site. We hope the fair will continue to grow every year, and that crowds of kids young and old will fill the fairgrounds and enjoy traditional goodies, rides and fun events. We'll see you at the fair!

- Connie

P.O.R.R. ATV club dedicates new section of trail

- Lee Rand Photo

August 10 - Several members of the Penobscot Off-Road Riders ATV club, along with various members of the Lincoln area Chamber of Commerce, members of the Lincoln media and Lincoln Town Manager Bill Reed, got together this afternoon to dedicate a new section of trail just off Penobscot Valley Avenue.

This trail will give access to a number of local businesses on West Broadway, and is a welcome addition to the club's area trails. Members thanked the various landowners who are instrumental in making these trails possible. An impromptu "news conference" then took place. Some of the question and answer session can be viewed below in our video recorded at the dedication this afternoon.

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Getting ready!


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