AUGUSTA, Maine — A committee of the Maine Legislature wants to spend $250,000 to support the 2014 World Acadian Congress, scheduled for northern Maine in 2014.
The celebration of Acadian heritage is expected to draw thousands of people to the state and give northern Maine an economic boost.
Republican Rep. Bernard Ayotte of Caswell says everyone wants to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day and everyone will want to be French for the Acadian Congress.
The 2009 World Acadian Congress, held every five years, was in New Brunswick.
Maine has committed to funding $1 million for the festival. The federal government has pledged $1 million and the Canadian government has pledged $3 million.
The Portland Press Herald says officials estimate the 2014 event will bring $50 million to the region.