FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — A number of residents and visitors to town soon will prove that you can do more with mashed potatoes than eat them.
The demonstration of mashed potato wrestling will be just one of the highlights of the 62nd annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival, which begins today and runs through July 19.
“We have a number of events planned that we think will appeal to everyone,” said Janet Kelle, the executive director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber is organizing the event.
Kelle said Thursday that the festival begins with the County Gospel Festival at 10 a.m. today in F.A.R.M. Park at 119 West Limestone Road. The Town Wide Yard Sale also runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
Kelle said the first day of the fair represents what the entire fair will look like — a mixture of music, activities and new discoveries.
This year’s events include photography and coloring contests, antique farm equipment displays, food, a 5-mile road race and a 25-mile bike race.
Comedian Juston McKinney, the newest member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17, at F.A.R.M. Park.
Another popular event, mashed potato wrestling, begins at 6 p.m. Friday in the downtown.
Events on Saturday, July 18, will include the gigantic parade at 1 p.m., a sidewalk arts and craft fair, the human chess game, Farmer Olympics, a street dance and the Miss Potato Blossom Queen Pageant. The festival ends Sunday with games for the entire family, music, a bean-hole bean supper and fireworks on the Aroostook River at sundown.
“Music is a big part of the festival this year,” Kelle said. “We have gospel and rock and more.”
Besides the gospel music, individuals and groups such as French Toast, Tim the Tune Man, Kirbside Prophet, Turning Point, Jann Votaw, and Fireman Fred are on tap.
Kelle added that the festival always attracts a huge crowd and provides an opportunity for families and high school classes to hold reunions.
“We expect that the same will happen this year,” she said Thursday.
For a complete schedule of events and information about the festival, log on to www.potatoblossom.org.