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Katahdin region plans host of summer events

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

If you’re looking for summer fun, the Katahdin region will have it, Chip Lamson says.

The home of the Discovery TV show “American Loggers” has a lot of enjoyable events lined up for the summer, the president of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce said.

“We certainly aren’t withering on the vine, as you might think. With the bad news that seems to be coming out of this area, there are also a lot of good things going on,” Lamson said Thursday. “It’s going to be a fun place to be this summer. It speaks to the vibrancy of the people who live here. There’s a lot of vibrancy, a lot of pride in the area.”

The Chamber is helping host and promote several summer festivals with other Katahdin region organizations in East Millinocket, Medway and Millinocket. Besides the more typical Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations, the events include:

— Millinocket’s Rockin’ Reunion, a celebration of the town’s history in music and fashion, July 1-4. Highlights include Fairy House construction, children’s entertainers Julie and Brownie, Katahdin Idol, Children’s Parade, Shriner clowns and motor units, humorist Gary Crocker, the Hometown Band and fireworks.

— The East Millinocket Summer Fest, July 9-12 at Opal Myrick Park and Schenck High School. Spawned by the town’s centennial celebrations of 2007, though not on as vast a scale, the event features daily public breakfasts, a townwide yard sale, and several nights of bluegrass, country western and steel bands, volunteer organizer Kelly Willigar said.

“It went over so well that we decided we will do it every year,” Willigar said of the centennial.

Pony rides, three-on-three basketball tournaments and other athletic events are featured. “We are finalizing everything and the itinerary is looking great this year,” Willigar said.

— The HOG Rally, July 16-18 at Millinocket Regional Airport, River Drivers Restaurant and New England Outdoor Center, just outside town.

The state chapter of the Harley Owners Group is holding its annual rally this year in the Katahdin region. The rally will include biker games, a bonfire, local vendors selling goods and the Pam Baker Blues Band at the airport and restaurant.

But the biggest aspect of it, said Wendy Polstein, Chamber vice president and River Drivers co-owner, is the Harley run, in which several hundred motorcyclists ride through the region and enjoy the scenery as they tour a portion of the Golden Road, which is usually open only to loggers.

“We could literally expect about 500 to 700 people here,” Polstein said Thursday. The event organizers “love to have people preregister. It makes planning easier.”

Members of the Pelletier family of “American Loggers” are the parade marshals. Preregistration, which ends May 29, can be done online at www.mestatehogrally.com or by calling 818-3313.

— The Wooden Arts and Canoe Festival on Aug. 8 at the Medway Waterfront. Native Penobscot artisans, Mark “Guitar” Miller and Sid Stutzman Band, Mackro Canoe Race, and a pig roast are among the featured events.

Several hundred canoe enthusiasts typically attend.

— The Trails End Festival, celebrating the region being at one end of the Appalachian Trail, will take place Sept. 12-13 in downtown Millinocket. Several hundred hikers and residents participate.

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