Cumberland Fairgrounds • 175 Blanchard Road • Cumberland, ME 04021

Post time is set for 4:15 pm (EDT) for the Spring / Summer live harness racing calendar which will be held Tuesdays and Saturdays through July 31 with additional cards on Wednesday, May 12; Sunday, July 25 and Wed., July 28.  There will be no live racing on July 27. 

Racing starts back in November for the Winter Festival, post time 11 a.m. for three, and sometimes four days, per week on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through December 31.

Admission to the grandstand is free daily, with social distancing, mask-wearing and other COVID-19 protocols in place.  

Race programs will be sold at the track the day of each race card for $2 each.  For more Cumberland racing information please visit https://firsttrackscumberland.com

Sepia tone photograph of Peter McKinney, Kingsley up at the Cumberland County Fair Trotting Park during the Western Maine Agricultural Exposition, Gorham, Maine, August 1932.

The state of Maine has a long and storied history of agricultural fairs and harness racing, dating back to the early 19th century.  The very first Cumberland Fair was held in October in 1868 with a 1/3 mile track laid out and constructed just a few years later.  Previous to the track being built, farmers raced each other down Main Street.  In 1938 a new grandstand was constructed and plans for a clay racetrack were approved in 1941.  In 1948 night time harness racing came to life, as lights were installed around the historic oval. This year marks the 153rd season of harness racing in Cumberland, Maine.