Deer and Potato Blossoms

Mother Deer and Fawn taking a stroll through a blossomed potato field.

(photo credit: Lovena West)




Deer and Potato Blossoms
Deer and Potato Blossoms
(photo credit: Lovena West)
Deer and Potato Blossoms (photo credit: Lovena West)
Deer and Potato Blossoms (photo credit: Lovena West)

Maine Potato Blossom Festival 2017

maine potato blossom festival 2017

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a nine-day celebration of our agricultural heritage!

Hosted annually by the Town of Fort Fairfield the Festival is Aroostook County’s premier, family-friendly event!




With more than 100 events, performances, contests and activities the Maine Potato Blossom Festival features something for everyone! Plus a large food court, arts and crafts, vendors, exhibitors and an expansive beer garden!

Scheduled events include: FOUR NIGHTS of live music on the new and improved Festival Main Stage!
PLUS, Nightly entertainment in the community bandstand!Other activities and events include one of the largest parades in northern New England! Mashed potato wrestling, a potato picking contest, the Town Wide Yard Sale, kids Adventure Park featuring numerous bounce houses and water features, a Movie Under the Stars, bike rodeo, horseshoe tournament, car show, antique tractor pulls, horse clinics, class reunions, household pet shoe, baby and bike parade, human foosball tournament, chess tournaments, special suppers, BBQ’s, breakfasts and more!The Festival features numerous athletic contests including the County Swim Meet, 3-person golf scramble at Aroostook Valley Country Club, 5-miler road race, 25 mile Spud Cycle Classic Bike Race & Tour, girl’s softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a family canoe and kayak fun day!Also, due to demand, there will be FIVE Maine Potato Blossom Pageants in 2017!

Capping it all is the Fireworks Spectacular over the majestic Aroostook River!

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade is ALWAYS on the third Saturday in July!!

For more information contact the Town of Fort Fairfield 207-472-3802.

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Aroostook County Visitor Guide 2017

WELCOME TO THE COUNTY

Broad expanses of farmland stretch off into the distance to meet with solid ridges of granite.  Views that go on forever and woods measured in terms of millions of acres.  A star-filled sky rolling out in all directions.  For all of its bigness, there is also no shortage of closeness here;  from the ease of lunch counter conversations to countless family-owned potato stands lining US-Route 1.   Soon you realize that one trip to Aroostook County is never enough!




Aroostook Visitor Guide 2017

 

 

Moose in Presque Isle Neighborhood

A moose came crashing through a Presque Isle neighborhood this morning. Photos taken on Hardy St. by Jamie Allen.

moose on hardy st in Presque Isle. Photos by Jamie Allen




moose on hardy st in Presque Isle. Photos by Jamie Allen
moose on hardy st in Presque Isle. Photos by Jamie Allen

Farming at Day’s End

Tractor in the Field at Sunset
A farmer wraps up his day on the field at sunset.
(photo credit: Barb Halvorson)

Barbara Halvorson captured this scene of a farmer wrapping up the day’s work at sunset.



Milky Way over Wade, Maine

Milky Way over Wade, Maine captured by Merienda Mendoza
Milky Way over Wade, Maine captured by Merienda Mendoza

The Milky Way captured by Merienda Mendoza over Wade, Maine on 5/28/2017. Each Spring, the Milky Way begins to climb above the horizon and is at its best viewing during the summer months. Unfortunately, many people will never get the chance to see our galaxy in the night sky due to wide-spread light pollution. Fortunately for those living in Northern Maine, this is not the case! A short drive outside the lights of our small towns on a clear moonless night provides for great viewing experience!




To capture a great photo of the Milky Way, be sure to bring your wide-angle lens so you can capture as much of the sky as possible! Merienda uses a 14mm Rokinon f/2.8.  The f/2.8 is important because it lets in a lot of light. Photographing the night sky is all about capturing light. The more you can capture in a giving amount of time, the better! Set your camera to manual focus (at infinity) and manual exposure. Select an ISO somewhere in the 2000 or 3000 range (experiment to see what looks good on your camera). Your exposure time will depend on the focal length of your lens. Use the 500 Rule to calculate it.  For a 14mm lens on a full frame camera you’ll typically be in the neighborhood of 30 seconds.  A tripod is also essential to avoid camera shake during the long exposure.

F-86A Sabre Crash

On March 10, 1952 Captain George Thomas lost his life when the F-86A Sabre he was flying crashed in the forest. He was a WW II fighter pilot on a training mission out of Presque Isle Air Force Base. His crash site remains protected in the forest of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.  Thanks to Eric Hendrickson for the photos and description!




F-86A Sabre Crash in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
F-86A Sabre Crash in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (photo credit: Eric Hendrickson)
(photo credit: Eric Hendrickson)

2017 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Events

70th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival
70th Annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a nine-day celebration of our agricultural heritage!

Hosted annually by the Town of Fort Fairfield the Festival is Aroostook County’s premier, family-friendly event!

With more than 100 events, performances, contests and activities the Maine Potato Blossom Festival features something for everyone! Plus a large food court, arts and crafts, vendors,
exhibitors and an expansive beer garden!




Scheduled events include: FOUR NIGHTS of live music on the new and improved Festival Main Stage!  PLUS, Nightly entertainment in the community bandstand!

Other activities and events include one of the largest parades in northern New England! Mashed potato wrestling, a potato picking contest, the Town Wide Yard Sale, kids Adventure Park featuring numerous bounce houses and water features, a Movie Under the Stars, bike rodeo, horseshoe tournament, car show, antique tractor pulls, horse clinics, class reunions, household pet shoe, baby and bike parade, human foosball tournament, chess tournaments, special suppers, BBQ’s, breakfasts and more!

Maine Potato Blossom Parade
Maine Potato Blossom Parade

 

The Festival features numerous athletic contests including the County Swim Meet, 3-person golf scramble at Aroostook Valley Country Club, 5-miler road race, 25 mile Spud Cycle Classic Bike Race & Tour, girl’s softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a family canoe and kayak fun day!

Also, due to demand, there will be FIVE Maine Potato Blossom Pageants in 2017!

Capping it all is the Fireworks Spectacular over the majestic Aroostook River!

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade is ALWAYS on the third Saturday in July!!

Maine Potato Blossom Parade
Maine Potato Blossom Parade

For more information contact the Town of Fort Fairfield 207-472-3802.

http://www.fortfairfield.org/images/2017/BROCHURE2017PotatoBlossomFestivalEventsMASTERSCHEDULE.pdf