Blossom Festival a Success Musical Performances, Vendors Add Flair

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Blossom Festival a Success Musical Performances, Vendors Add Flair


FORT FAIRFIELD -- Much like its namesake crop, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival continues to grow in size, style and substance. With more than 100 events spread out over 10 days, this year's event drew crowds of all ages.

"We are thrilled with the turnout for this year's Festival, which featured an expanded lineup of musical performances, new events and crowd-pleasing favorites," stated Tim Goff, festival director. "Our goal has been to use this great summertime tradition to draw more people from throughout the region to come explore Aroostook County, visit Fort Fairfield and provide a boost to our local businesses, and we have certainly seen the results of our efforts blossom with people from the Northeast and Maritimes making the drive to the Crown of Maine."

The festival featured 16 musical performances, including nine at the bandstand on Main Street and four nights of acts on the Festival Main Stage. Highlights included performances by traditional fiddlers from both sides of the border, Rick Charette at the Community Health Center on Friday, as well as the folk antics of The Half Moon Jug Band and country band Chris Ross and the North. Saturday's double feature included Aroostook County's own Travis Cyr and the Strings of Calamity, followed by the Jason Spooner Band and a reunion of Unlucky Joe, who played as the fireworks finale lit up the night sky over the Aroostook River.

"It certainly is rewarding to see so many people come to our community and enjoy themselves given the immense investment of town staff and resources it takes to host the Maine Potato Blossom Festival," said Jim Risner, Fort Fairfield's town manager. "While the festival has always been a homecoming for folks from Fort Fairfield, it is also growing into an event that draws more and more families from throughout the region to spend some time in our community."

Saturday's Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade was among the largest in recent history, with more than 150 entries including a pre-parade of classic cars, antique trucks and revved-up rides. The parade, one of the largest in northern New England, featured agricultural themed entries, floats, tractors and everything in between. …

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