CALAIS, Maine — The 37th annual International Festival — a celebration of the close relationship and shared cultures of this city and St. Stephen, New Brunswick — is under way and continues until Aug. 8.
Last Friday, a friendship handshake ceremony took place between Canadian and U.S. officials at the border crossing at Ferry Point Bridge, setting the tone for the nine-day festival.
Beauty pageants and a golf tournament were held over the weekend, as well as worship services and a strongman competition.
A lumberjack competition was held Monday, and today’s events include a pool tournament and a concert in Triangle Park in Calais.
On Wednesday, Aug. 4, there will be a 6 p.m. Calais Cemetery tour, a children’s dog show in the St. Stephen town square, a Guitar Hero competition at the St. Stephen Old Town Tavern and a street dance at 8 p.m. behind Calais City Hall.
On Thursday, Aug. 5, a children’s fair and doll hospital will begin at 4 p.m. at Calais Memorial Park. An international supper will be held at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Calais, and the Schooner Pub at Calais will hold a Battle of the Bands, beginning at 5 p.m.
There will be a pajama party at the Old Town Tavern in St. Stephen at 6 p.m. and a concert in Triangle Park, Calais, at 7 p.m.
On Friday, Aug. 6, a rock-skipping contest will be held at 11 a.m. on the St. Stephen waterfront, and at Calais, a cabaret will be performed at 5 p.m. at the Hightower Steakhouse.
At 5:30 p.m. the Calais Blue Devils and Lady Blue Devils will hold an alumni basketball game at Calais High School. A festival deck party will be held at 6 p.m. at Townhouse Restaurant in Calais, and a bikini contest begins at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Tavern in St. Stephen.
On Saturday, Aug. 7, a Cow Patti Breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. at the Calais Masonic Hall, followed by Cow Patti Bingo at 8 a.m. This event kicks off the children’s fair and road race at the Thomas DiCenzo Athletic Complex in Calais.
Arts and crafts will be sold at the Calais green beginning at 9 a.m.
Also at 9 a.m., the International 5-mile Road Race starts on Main Street in Calais. Holmes Cottage will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and an international horse pull will begin at 1 p.m. in St. Stephen.
The International Homecoming Festival parade begins in St. Stephen at 1 p.m., followed by the annual auction hosted by the Calais Lions Club at Triangle Park in Calais.
A skateboard competition will begin at 3 p.m. at the Calais Skateboard Park.
On Sunday, Aug. 8, a Downeast Cruisers Car Show will begin at 9 a.m. in Calais. There will be a Funday Sunday concert at 4 p.m. and a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. For information, contact the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 454-2308.