Be sure to visit the Lost Trotting Parks Display at the Northern Maine Fair. Sponsored by Thompson -- Hamel, LLC and Lynox, Inc., a displayed titled, "The Lost Trotting Parks of Aroostook County," will be shown. Trotting parks once existed in Van Buren, Ashland, Caribou, Fort Fairfield, Houlton, and Crystal. Today trotting events still take place in Presque Isle at the Northern Maine Fair Grounds. Thirty storyboards will be displayed providing images and text on the lost trotting parks. More research needs to be done. We hope that this display will be a motivation for renewed interest in County folks taking another look at Aroostook's history tied to the age, "When the Horse was King." The following storyboard is an example of what you will find on display at the Fair.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Stephen D. Thompson, founder of the Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center, will speak on the topic, When the Horse was King -- Horses of Kennebec County. Thompson has been researching Maine's Lost Trotting Parks for a little more than a year. At this presentation, Thompson will share aspects of his research that relate to Kennebec County and neighboring communities. The story of Hod Nelson and his famous trotting stallion champion will be featured.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Saturday July 17th, Scarborough Downs will be celebrating its 60th year. Harness racing begins at 4:00 p.m. Hope to see you there! The Lost Trotting Parks Heritage Center is exhibiting a display of storyboards on Maine's Lost Trotting Parks, Rigby Park, the Kite Track, and front pages from the Northeast Harness News that highlight past events at Scarborough Downs between 1981 and 1995.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Over the winter I worked with Jean Emerson, editor/publisher, of the Northeast Harness News to implement a plan to share with harness racing enthusiasts the history of the industry between 1980 and 1995. We are still working on strategies, however, we thought readers of the Lost Trotting Parks Blog might enjoy a sample of the history provided through the fifteen years of issues of the Northeast Harness News. Here is an example: The 1987 President's Pace at Scarborough Downs!