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Cumberland

Cumberland, the county’s namesake, is located in close proximity to Portland and extends inland, bordering Windham to Cumberland Foreside, which stretches to Casco Bay. Though only three working farms remain today, Cumberland’s history as an agricultural town with a strong shipbuilding connection is evident. Its historic homes can be found as part of occasional Historical Homes tours, along with the charming one-room schoolhouse dating from 1853, which today serves as a meeting place and museum.

Cumberland is known for its top-tier recreation facilities, including the Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center, the Twin Brook Recreation Area and the Cumberland Fairgrounds, in addition to miles of trails maintained by the town for public use. Town residents uphold a strong community, where concert series liven up the high school lawn in the summer, and Little League teams play at the local ballfield.


A True County Fair

Since 1868, the Cumberland Fairgrounds on Blanchard Road has been home to the Cumberland Fair during the last week in September each year. One of the state’s largest agricultural fairs, it began when farmers would present their biggest and best-tasting vegetables, men with working steers showed off the strength of their animals at the ox pulling contest, and local horsemen raced their finest steeds. Today, The Cumberland Fair remains a true county fair and features harness racing, livestock and agriculture competitions, horticultural exhibits, pumpkin contests, and plenty of food.


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The Harness Racing program is one of the core attractions of the Cumberland County Fair, and has been ongoing since 1871, when farmer races took place down the town’s Main Street. Today, harness racing, in which horses pull two-wheeled carts equipped with bicycle wheels, takes place on a state-of-the-art track where day and night races go on during Fair week.


 

 

THE LAY OF THE LAND

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