January 28, 2021

Fair experience unfair

Thursday night at 8 p.m. three of us (16-year-old girls) went to the Bangor State Fair. After paying our admission we walked around the grounds once. Receiving many unnerving glances from older men, taking in the sketchy grounds and feeling totally uncomfortable by ourselves, we decided that to stick around was a bad idea.

We went back to the gate we had just entered 10 minutes ago and asked the two ticket takers if they remembered us. They did. We explained the situation and asked if they could refund our money. They refused and became argumentative. When it was obvious they were not going to help us, we left.

We walked up the street, but then turned around because we realized it just wasn’t fair. We were sent to the main office. A middle-age woman there was just as mean, if not worse. We explained the situation again and she was rude.

She told us we should have walked around the outside of the grounds before entering to see if it was a place we wanted to be. Anyone who has been to the fair knows that would have been impossible to do, especially at night. We told her she should be more understanding to three 16-year-old girls by themselves who paid a hard-earned $6 (an hour’s worth of work) to walk around the fair for a few minutes, feel unsafe and then be treated rudely by the fair’s employees.

We are disgusted by our experience there. As we walked out the two men asked us if we had ever been to a fair before. The answer is yes, we’ve all gone to the Blue Hill Fair every year since we were little kids and never had an experience like that. All we wanted to do was get a pizza with our money, but instead we left for home $18 poorer with a sick feeling in our stomachs given to us by a supposedly family-oriented fair.

Hayley Gommel


Tessa Grindle


Brittany Hale


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