Maine's Fair circuit gets underway Sunday

09:42 PM 21 Sep 2011 NZST
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Maine's fair circuit rolls into high gear this coming week (Sunday, Sept. 25) when the Cumberland Fair comes to town with a week of harness racing through Oct. 2.

Bill Ellis, soon to be inducted into the New England Harness Writers Hall of Fame, gets the call to post.

Ellis, A resident of Dedham, Ma.,has been a member of the writers for more than 30 years and his race calls have been all over the New England region as well as some of the upstate New York fairs.

Cumberland has been one of the favorite fair stops for race goers and falls a week before the state's "granddaddy of them all," the Fryeburg Fair's harness racing opener Oct. 4 with a 1:30 post.

Fryeburg and Cumberland Fair Maine 2010

The month of October will also be a memorable one for Plainridge's assistant paddock judge and harness writers member Robert Lieberman, who story on the beloved trotter 'Slim Down' who died in the spring, will appear in the October issue of Hoof Beats.

Lieberman is dinner chairman of the writers 50th anniversary blockbuster celebration taking place October 23 in Marlborough, Mass. featuring awardees from nine states.

Door prizes will also be feeatured at the affair.

Hoof Beats has donated 100 issues of its October issue which make great Christmas gifts at a special rate.

Robert Temple, chapter vice president, is putting together a collage of harness racing memorbilia which will be displayed at the writers event.

More news from the Pine Tree State. Maine's stake finals for 2-year-olds takes place at Scarborough Downs September 11, followed by the 3-year-old finals at Scarborough October 16.

It's interesting to note that the Blue Hill Fair which ran from September 1-5, still uses a 'gentlemen's start' for their race programs.

Ellis serves has their record keeper.

Did you know that Bill O'Donnell and Jim Winske used to room together early in their harness racing careers. The 'magic man' plans to attend the writers celebrated event.

District 9 Chairman Don Marean of Hollis, Maine, will deliver the keynote address at the writers harness historical program.

Plainridge Racecourse moves to a three-day racing program on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays during the mother of October. Post time remains at 1 p.m. (Est.).

Bill Faucher has resumed his post as starter at Colonial Downs. F

aucher will receive the Joseph A. Vaccaro Memorial Award at the writers Marlborough based anniversary program.

He will also be awarded with the chapter's Golden Era award.

By Jack Ginnetti

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