In Memory


June K Burke

06/13/1934 – 11/22/2023

June lived in Lebanon for 89 years. She and Dick made their home in North Lebanon, where they raised their children, Ricky, Laura, Michael, and Kelley. June worked as a mailer carrier, postmaster, Election worker, and she worked in the kitchen in the Lebanon school for many years. She volunteered on many committees, Lebanon PTA, Noble Quarterback Club, and Town of Lebanon Festival Committee. June was named one of” The Awesome Women of Lebanon” in 2005. She was very active in the National, Pomona, and Lebanon Grange. June served as the State Lecturer of the Maine State Grange.

June was involved in the Acton Fair for 60 years, she was the Miss Acton Fair Pageant Director, helped her husband Dick at the gate selling tickets, and running the campground. The pageant was her favorite thing to do. She enjoyed the contestants and helping them any way she could. Her proudest moments were when her favorite weather man from channel 6 Joe Cupo came and was the MC, and when a contestant who had grown up down the road from her won Miss Acton Fair and went on to win Miss Maine.  She put her heart and soul into the pageant, and she will be missed.

Orrin R. Ness

8/13/1931- 3/3/2024

Please join us in honoring the late Orrin R. Nest: Orrin was raised in Kennebunk, and first attended the Acton Fair the summer of 1939 when he was 8 years old, he loved the fair so much, we don’t believe he ever missed a year. Even in 2020 when the fair was cancelled, Orrin, his grandson Darrick and Great Grand Daughter Ava attended the fair for a picnic lunch with the fair president Roger Ridley.

As a kid Orrin participated in the greased pig contest, as an adult he pulled ponies and steers, walked his famous 900lb hog Jimmy Dean in the parade, he even participated in the biggest belly contest. Spending much of his life as a livestock dealer, farmer and founder of Nest and Mullen Slaughterhouse, Orrin loved socializing at the fair. He trucked many kids to participate in the 4-H shows throughout the years. In 2021 Orrin was honored to be picked as grand Marshall of the fair parade. During his retirement years he restored a beautiful green and yellow 4 wheeled wagon and donated it to the Acton Fair Museum. He truly treasured a picture the fair gifted him that showed 4 generations: his daughter, grandson, great granddaughter and himself all competing against each other in the best pair calf class.

Orrin’s favorite thing to do at the fair was to watch the livestock pulling events. He had a special spot in front of the pulling ring where everyone would know were to find him. He made sure to plan everything around the events. In recent years he was most excited to watch Fred Decker compete with his heavyweight horses. He never missed a kid’s steer pulling class where you could hear his cheering clear across the fairgrounds “drive ‘em!!! Put the white oak to ‘em!!”. He was a very supportive grampa and great grampa! A great father, uncle and friend.