June 22, 2018
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Farmington celebrates snowshoe maker

The Associated Press

NORWAY, Maine — In Maine, Farmington celebrates Chester Greenwood and his earmuff invention. Kingfield has commemorated the Stanley brothers and their famous Stanley Steamer automobile.

Now the town of Norway is paying tribute to native son Mellie Dunham, a renowned fiddler and snowshoe maker who lived from 1853 to 1931.

Saturday’s Mellie Dunham Shoe and String Festival is being organized by the Western Foothills Land Trust. Morning events at the Robert Farm Preserve feature a display of classic snowshoes, a wife-carry on snowshoes and a snowshoe walk in the woods. Afternoon events at the Norway Grange include a public supper, fiddling sessions and contra dancing.

Norway was once dubbed the snowshoe capital of the world because of the large numbers of snowshoes manufactured there.

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