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Visit Maine offers fall color tracking tool

From Visit Maine:

Maine’s fall foliage is turning, but the best is still yet to come during the next three weeks, according to Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

“Pockets of color are emerging throughout all seven zones, but overall the state is just about 10 percent to 30 percent toward peak. With the upcoming forecast calling for rain over the next several days, we could start to see a rapid color change throughout northern and central Maine. The rest of the state is still tracking a bit behind with peak conditions possibly arriving mid to late October,” according to Gale Ross, fall foliage coordinator.

Don’t let a little rain scare you away from the opening weekend of the 165th Annual Fryeburg Fair. Maine’s largest fair begins this weekend on Oct. 4 and includes livestock, exhibition halls, a farm museum, craft demonstrations, harness racing, heart-pounding rides and big-name nightly entertainment, like Craig Wayne Boyd – winner of the television show The Voice – and Clint Black. www.fryeburgfair.org

Living History Days at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley. This weekend, Oct. 3 and 4, visitors are invited to explore and learn more about Maine’s lumbering heritage. There will be a 20th Maine Civil War encampment, wagon rides, a Lombard log hauler running on steam, 1790s demonstrations and encampment, and of course, their famous bean hole beans will be ready to devour. www.maineforestandloggingmuseum.org

Leaf peepers can visit the state’s official foliage website at www.mainefoliage.com and sign up to receive weekly reports by email. Visitors and natives can share their photos throughout the state as the progression of color begins.

For more information about fall activities and events in Maine, go to www.visitmaine.com.

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