Skowhegan State Fair Begins Thursday


Skowhegan State Fair starts this Thursday the 11th and lasts for 10 days.

The fair has everything you expect from a fair.

Food and fun galore. Rides, games, arts and crafts, you know the drill. But also a 4H program.

Meet Morgana. Morgan is 17 and a senior at Maine Virtual Academy and involved with 4H. Here she is the day she got her project, 6 month old Bull Potato. She bought him for $800 and raised him with love.

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

She spends 2 to 3 hours a day, 7 days a week, tending to her potato. Feeding, grooming, caring for him and telling him to gain weight.

He tips the scales at 1,300 pounds. And of course that’s important because at the 4H auction at the Skowhegan Fair, he’s not bid on the basis of his pretty face. It’s all about weight.

He is expected to sell for $3,900 or more, depending on the offers he receives.

Any profit she makes from selling Potato will go to her college fund. So bid early and bid often.

Find Potato again.

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

Can I guess your first question? Mine was how Potato got its name. Morgan’s Mom Terri replied

When she received photos from her breeder, he had an ear tag which she said said Potato. It was actually Patch. She decided to go with the potato.

Morgan will auction its market steer on August 19e at the Skowhegan Fair. It starts at 6:30 a.m. And before that, on the 15the there is a Market Animal Show where she will have to show Potato. It starts at 4 p.m.

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

Courtesy of Terri Walston Gurney

Alright everyone. Take advantage of everything the Fair has to offer. Including Morgan’s handsome boy Potato.

Plus all of Maine’s local farming youth. Locally grown pork, beef, lamb, turkey and more. Support the local kids who have worked so hard on their projects.

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