Situated in and bordering southern Oxford County, the Lakes Region consists of ten incorporated villages and small towns—Bridgton, Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Hiram, Lovell, Porter, Stoneham, Stow and Sweden. This region is a four-season, family-friendly vacation resort area with water sports in the spring and summer, snow and ice sports in the winter, at such destinations as Shawnee Peak in Bridgton, and beautiful foliage in the fall. It is also noted for its many children’s summer camps, including Seeds of Peace in Otisfield which brings together young people from warring factions in the Middle East to create a community that could return home and help bring peace to the region, its scenic beauty and the Fryeburg Fair which is Maine’s largest agricultural fair, complete with six days of harness racing, a farm museum second to none, the world’s largest steer and oxen show and a reputation known throughout North America. The Fryeburg Fair attracts more than 300,000 people annually.
In addition to its attraction as a tourist destination and vacation spot, the Lakes Region is home to the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, a unique performance venue, and several manufacturing businesses, including three radio equipment businesses in Bridgton, Dearborn Precision Tubular in Fryeburg, and Vulcan Electric Company in Porter.