While organizers were forced to cancel the Union Fair — and annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival — for only the third time since the event’s inception in 1869 this summer due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, they remain cautiously optimistic they could bring a small semblance of the storied event to Midcoast residents in September.

As announced on the Union Fair/Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Facebook page, organizers continues to make arrangements to bring the demolition derby, gigantic yard sale and Thunder Valley Lawn Mower Race to the fairgrounds in the fall.

The derby and yard sale have long been mainstays associated with the event, while the lawn mower races have been a welcome new addition in recent years.

The yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, the lawn mower races on Saturday, Sept. 19 (rain date Sunday, Sept. 20) and the demo derby on Saturday, Sept. 26 (rain or shine).

Organizers stress these dates are tentative “if we are able to meet the governor’s directives in regards to the coronavirus.”

Currently, Maine Governor Janet Mills, advised by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), gatherings are limited to between 10-50 people as of Monday, June 1. It is unknown when/if those numbers will increase.

"Current COVID-19 guidelines do not allow for events of this scale. We are planning the events in hopes that things change for the better. The safety of our volunteers, exhibitors, and general public is our prime concern."

A final decision whether the events will be held will be made on Tuesday, Aug. 25.

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