Potato Blossom Festival offers quirky events

Posted July 07, 2010, at 7:38 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

Who wouldn’t want to watch two people wrestle in mashed potatoes? Even I’ve wrestled in the white goo.

Want to watch? Come to the 63rd annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield, July 9-18.

It’s a festival that is as much about celebrating The County’s cash crop as it is about lauding the moments to share with family and friends.

Favorites on tap this year include: the Potato Blossom Pageants, the human chess game, potato picking contest, bike rodeo, the festival’s triathlon, golf scramble, the 5-mile road race, horse rides and food vendors. There will be recipe contests, antique farm equipment displays, a variety of live musical performances, teen and adult dances and more.

The Aroostook River Regatta, a canoe and kayak race, will be July 17, the day of the gigantic parade. A must for politicians, it attracts business and community groups, tractor and ATV enthusiasts and, of course, the newly crowned Miss Maine Potato Blossom Queen.

Events conclude July 18 with the 25-mile Spud Cycle Classic Bike Race, music in the bandstand and fireworks on the Aroostook River in Fort Fairfield.

And don’t forget the mashed potato wrestling, which will be held this year on July 16. For the complete schedule and to sign up for the wrestling match, log on to www.potatoblossom.org.