“A Day at the Beach” to Start Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

Posted Aug. 13, 2013, at 3:16 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.

“A Day at the Beach” to Start Crown of Maine Balloon Fest

For 2013, the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest will begin on Thursday, August 22 at 4:00 p.m. with a street fair on Main Street, where the theme will be “A Day at the Beach”. According to Presque Isle Elks Exalted Ruler Vicki Delong, “The Elks Lodge is proud to again organize and host the annual Balloon Fest kickoff event, with the assistance and cooperation of Main Street merchants and the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.”

Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, Main Street in Presque Isle will be closed to vehicles from Academy Street to Blake Street. The street will reopen at 10:00 p.m.

For that evening, Main Street merchants will take on the atmosphere of a beach, by offering special beach foods and beach merchandise, many with one-time only prices.

In addition to the offerings by the Main Street merchants, live musical entertainment will be provided by the Grinn Brothers, a popular local trio comprised of Mel Smith, Frank Grant, and Ira Dyer. They will be performing on stage at the intersection of State and Main Streets beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The Aroostook Medical Center will hold another “Spuddy Buddy Rescue Triathlon” competition on Main Street. Contestants must travel through an obstacle course while transporting their Spuddy Buddy with the assistance of a wheelchair, rolling walker, and a crutch.

Governor’s Restaurant will establish a new location for the evening at the corner of State and Main, where it will host a blueberry pie eating contest for children age 10 and under.

Wilder’s Jewelry will be holding a pizza eating contest, featuring Big Cheese pizza. This contest will be open to persons 11 years old and older and will have two age groups for the competition.

There will also be live music at KMH Music. In addition, as in prior years, there will be bounce houses, a magic show, a dunking booth, plenty of “beach” food, a fashion show, demonstrations, and lots of other fun events.

Elks Exalted Ruler Vicki Delong said, “The 2013 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest is going to get off to a great start with a truly fun block party on Main Street in Presque Isle. The Presque Isle Elks and area merchants have planned a variety of contests that will be fun for both participants and contestants. In addition, there will be live musical entertainment, the ever-popular dunking booth, a wide variety of food and unusual products at special prices. The whole family should be able to enjoy a memorable evening at the 2013 Crown of Maine Balloon Fest Street Fair.”

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