The Union Fair/State of Maine Wild Blueberry Festival announced the addition of a new venue during this year’s fair, which will be held Aug. 21-28. The Maine Winery Guild with Savage Oakes Winery in Union will sponsor a wine tasting event Saturday to Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the new building overlooking the Georges River. The structure combines a portion of the former Loanna Shibles 4H building and a new addition with a deck for patrons of the winery.

Tickets entitle participants to six glasses of various Maine wines. Many local and state wineries will have their wines available along with informational brochures and e-mail addresses of the Maine Winery Guild members. This is a cooperative effort of the Maine Winery Guild and Union Fair to inform and promote yet another rapidly growing agricultural industry in Maine. The new Maine Wine Pavilion is a first in the state, with financial support from the industry and approval of the fair.

This year there are already 12 princesses vying for the Maine 2010 Wild Blueberry Queen position. The queen agrees to promote the wild blueberry industry throughout the year. Yvonne Drown is in charge of the Maine Wild Blueberry Coronation and may be contacted for applications at 48 Pushaw Road, Hope, ME 04847. The deadline is July 31.

Lakeisha Allen, the 2009 queen, will preside at the festivities until the coronation of the 2010 queen on Sunday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. The cash prizes are $1,500 for the queen, $500 for the crown princess and $200 for Miss Congeniality. Judges already selected are Janelle Tompkins, Cindy Vose and Gail Hawes. They are in the process of selecting two more judges. Each princess candidate must have a wild blueberry industry or grower sponsor.

There will be a country picnic in Sherman Park for the sponsors, board members and princesses and their parents on Friday, the day before the fair. On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. a public judging event will be held in Sherman Park with the judges sitting in the front row facing the princess candidates and the audience sitting behind the judges. The coronation takes place at the grandstand preceded by music by Dorothy Koski, choir director/organist of John Street Church in Camden, at 7 p.m. and the popular children’s wild blueberry pie eating contest at 7:30 p.m. On the opening day of the fair, Saturday, Aug. 21, the 2009 queen and 2010 princess candidates will ride in convertibles at the parade at noon.