There’ll be no crowing this year at Fryeburg Fair’s annual Handsome Rooster contest – a poultry staple of Maine’s largest festival – with participants submitting snapshots online as part of a week-long “virtual fair” on Facebook and Instagram. The Pig Scramble Gamble, Gorgeous Goat competition, and Moo-La-Palooza are also going virtual this October amid the coronavirus pandemic. March and April saw thousands of “we-regret-to-inform-you” messages on social media about summertime festivals, weddings and camps dotting Maine’s coast and countryside.”We hope to see you August 4-8, 2021,” a neon blue notice atop the website of Maine’s Annual Lobster Festival flashes. “We hope to see you all next year,” the Machias Blueberry Festival advertises. “Be Well!” The state was recently reminded of the devastation that can be wrought by the virus. One wedding in rural Maine became a coronavirus “superspreader” event that left seven people dead and 177 infected.Now, thousands of seasonal workers and artisans are entering their coldest, slowest season without their annual financial safety net, robbed by COVID-19 of a summer’s worth of tourism-driven business.”That’s how we live,” Sue Johnson sighs. “We get by in the winter and dig ourselves out when the summertime comes. But that hasn’t happened this year.” Johnson and her husband, Richard –


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