International festival continues in Calais this week

Posted Aug. 05, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.

CALAIS, Maine — The 40th annual International Homecoming Festival, a cooperative event between Calais and its Canadian neighbor, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, continues this week with a full slate of activities.

The festival, planned and organized by a committee of Americans and Canadians, includes a wide range of activities for young and old on both sides of the border, from pool tournaments to live music, school reunions and more.

The highlight of Monday’s schedule of events was the International Lumberjack Competition for both men and women at Salmon Falls Park in the nearby Canadian city of Milltown.

This year’s festival includes a carnival that will begin Thursday and run through Sunday.

Although the festival runs through Sunday, the culmination will be all-day art, craft and street fairs in Calais on Saturday along with an international 5K road race at 9 a.m. and a parade at noon that begins in Calais and ends in St. Stephen. Saturday’s activities are expected to draw 2,000-3,000 people, said Julie Jordan, executive director of the St. Croix Valley Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s festival kicked off with an opening ceremony and other activities on Friday. Weekend festivities included a raft race, pageant, demonstrations by the Passamaquoddy Indians and a concert.

For a complete list of events and more information, visit http://calaisevents.com/events/the-international-homecoming-festival/international-homecoming-festival or look up “ International Homecoming Festival on Facebook.

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