FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine — From mashed potato wrestling to one of the largest parades in the state, the town of Fort Fairfield is gearing up for its 66th annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival, which will be held July 13-21.
“Fort Fairfield hosts the annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival mid-July each year when the potato blossoms are in full bloom. We calculate each year’s dates by the tradition that our huge parade is always the third Saturday in July, making parade day July 20 this year,” said Michael Bosse, executive director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. He said the 9-day festival features events for all ages, including farmer olympics, road races, arts and crafts, fireworks, river races, antique tractor pulls, and the Potato Blossom Queen pageant.
“The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is one of the oldest and most established festivals in Maine. Founded in 1937, this venue was created to celebrate Maine’s supreme commodity, the potato,” Bosse said.
Events like the pet show, bike rodeo, potato picking contest, mashed potato wrestling, chicken barbeque, antique tractor show, street dance with Motor Booty Affair and adult dance at the Community Center make for a great week, he said.
Organizers are bringing back the Antique Car Show and Shine from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Riverside Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. There will be antique cars of all kinds on display, a disc jockey with musical entertainment, and a barbecue sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 194.
“We encourage antique car owners from all over Aroostook County and neighboring New Brunswick to bring their antique, classic and vintage cars and trucks to display,” said organizer Tami Kilcollins.
Other attractions and events will include:
• Canterbury Royale’s Lobster and Clam Bake offered July 13-14 and 19-20. Reservations are required. Two seatings per night (4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) Cost is $43.50 per person. Call the Canterbury Royale at 472-4910 for more information.
• Western Dressage Riding Clinic at the Rocking ‘S’ Ranch on North Caribou Road at 4 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. July 16-21. Understanding the principles of and gaining skills of classical riding through western dressage. Fee is $40.
• Showcasing some great local vocal and musical talent is Worship Without Walls — Music on Main Street for all ages at My Friends House. Main Street will be closed off. Arts and crafts with live music and singing by various artists beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20.
“Most events are free to attend and the bandstand has entertainment daily,” Bosse said. “We have over 100 events and the parade on July 20 and the fireworks on July 21 are our two most popular events.”
Schedules of all events are available at local stores and hotels, or online at potatoblossom.org.