Agribusiness show opens Friday in Presque Isle

Posted March 26, 2009, at 7:10 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — It will be one-stop shopping this weekend for anyone who wants to check out some natural skin care products while purchasing samples of organic food after hearing a presentation on residential wind farms.

That is because the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its yearly Agri-Business Trade Show.

The 29th annual event will be held at The Forum in Presque Isle beginning today and lasting through Sunday.

“I am very excited about the show this year,” Janet Kelle, the executive director of the Chamber, said Thursday. “We have about 70 vendors signed up and we have a strong focus on agriculture this year.”

A wealth of new vendors are taking part this year, according to Kelle, and a number of events are scheduled during the show.

This year’s show will feature a variety of exhibits and products from organic farmers, the state Department of Agriculture, food growers and suppliers, and much more.

Kelle added that the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club will have equipment on display and will be conducting a number of games as part of a Farmer’s Olympics.

Food and other goods also will be on sale during the event.

Kelle said she is not worried that attendance will suffer because the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club also is hosting its annual Sportsmen’s Show in Presque Isle this weekend.

“I think that the two shows really complement each other,” Kelle said Thursday. “I think people will find great things at both shows. I think people will go to both and make a day of it.”

The trade show runs from 4 to 8 tonight, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Those who bring a nonperishable food item to benefit the local food pantry will receive $1 off their admission.

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