December 11, 2018
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American Folk Festival names new chair of the board

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Nicole Gogan succeeds Richard Fournier to lead annual festival’s board of directors

BANGOR — The American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront has announced Nicole Gogan as the new chairwoman of the Festival Board of Directors. Gogan takes the helm from Richard Fournier, who has been chairman of  the board for the past five years.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of this fantastic organization and work with the talented and diverse staff and board of directors,” said Gogan. “I’m very excited to take on this leadership position as chair and am looking forward to another great year of the Festival.”

Gogan works at Camden National Bank as assistant vice president, treasury management sales adviser and government banking. Prior to that, Gogan was the deputy director of economic development for the city of Brewer for more than half a decade. Gogan also has served as adjunct faculty at the Maine Business School, University of Maine and Husson University College of Business. She joined the American Folk Festival Board of Directors in 2015.

“Nicole is somebody who joined our board knowing the benefits of the Festival to the region before actually attending,” said Heather McCarthy, executive director of the American Folk Festival. “As is the case with so many people who attend the American Folk Festival for the first time, she fell in love with the music, the people, and the atmosphere. We are thrilled that she is stepping up as chair of the board of directors, and our staff is looking forward to working more closely with her.”

Plans are already underway for the 2018 edition of the American Folk Festival, starting with the Festival’s earliest fundraiser of the calendar year, Color Bangor. The color-themed fun run/walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 12. People interested in registering for Color Bangor 2018, or learning more about it can visit

2017 saw a successful year for the American Folk Festival, not just with the event itself, but Conde Nast Traveller included the Bangor staple in its Best Festivals Around the World feature, a distinction reserved for other well-known and well-attended festivals from all over the globe.

The 2018 American Folk Festival is scheduled for Aug. 24, 25, and 26.