Hight and Nelson compete at Oakland Park — Gardiner, Maine 1877

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August harness racing at Oakland Park in Gardiner, Maine attracted horsemen competing for pursing adding up to $1500.00. Horsemen’s names included J.B. Littlefield of Auburn, Sol Ryeson of Auburn, w.B. Smith of Gardiner, A. Tufts of Skowhegan, A.S. Pease of Gardiner, James Powers of Jefferson, Rufus Bean of Hallowell, L.J. Brackett of Windham, Walter Merrill of Dexter,…

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A Sampler of Ideas — Strategic Conversations for Maine Harness Racing

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This document provides a sampler of ideas generated from my research for the Lost Trotting Parks Heritages Center, observations and many conversations with Maine agricultural fair officials, harness horsemen, track personnel, historians, and members of professional organizations. The Idea Sampler includes promotion, rebranding, and marketing ideas for Maine’s agricultural fairs, harness racing at Maine fairs and private…

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Topsham Fair, 1937

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Maine Fair Session Race Standardbred Trot or Pace Driver Owner Topsham 9th One Orena Hanover Trot Jordan Stanwood & Cummings 13-Oct-37 Calumet Chimes Hall Mrs. F.J. Gross Post Time: 12:45 Mary Agnes McLeod L. McLeod Aulus Chappell George Gale Hartford Bertha Cleary J.O. Malley Bunty Russell W.A. Hamilton Two Moses Parsons Carney (Haddock) N.F. Smith Gay Direct…

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Preserving Maine’s Agricultural Heritage – Early Agricultural Societies and their Trotting Parks – The History of Harness Racing in the State of Maine – Featuring Nelson 4209 – 19th Century Vintage Images – Profiles of Maine Harness Horsemen – Celebrating the Age When the Horse was King!