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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016.

As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.”

The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
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F.A.R.M. Park!

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F.A.R.M. Park is a 7000 square foot pole barn constructed in 2006.  The facility, which is located off of the West Limestone Road, plays host to dozens of performances, weddings and events annually and can seat hundreds of people under its covered roof. 
FARMParkbuildingWhile the structure is open on three sides, temporary walls can be put in place to protect audiences in the event of inclement weather.
FARMParkInteriorF.A.R.M. Park features a permanent stage and has a backstage (green room) area.    FARMParkBath
The F.A.R.M. Park property features bathrooms with shower facilities, as well as ample parking.  The spacious fields which surround the facility can be used for camping, with privately owned RV hook-ups located on an adjcent property.
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  F.A.R.M. Park hosts two large bluegrass festivals annually, and has also hosted the Maine Potato Board Industry Dinner, rising Country Superstar Matt Mason, and dozens of private and community celebrations.
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For more information about F.A.R.M. Park, including rental fees and to reserve use of the facility, contact the Fort Fairfield Town Office at 472-3800.
Related Links:
F.A.R.M. Park Rental Agreement
County Bluegrass Festival
Maine Potato Blossom Festival




Fort Fairfield Flood Prevention Information

The Town of Fort Fairfield has been a proactive community when it comes to managing and mitigating the risks possed by flooding.  springflood2015                     Spring 2015 Flooding North Caribou Road

Some of the steps taken by the town include creating a warning system, curating a library of floodplain information, establishing an annual outreach meeting with emergency management, transportation, media and other stakeholders as well as establishing protocols for flood events.  

Fort Fairfield has been recognized for these efforts by being designated as a Storm Ready Community by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration since 2001 and as a Federal Emergency Management Agency Project Impact Community since 2000.

The following are links to local and national flood prevention information:

Notice of Available Local Flood Prevention Services

Flood Prevention Information Available at Fort Fairfield Public Library

National Floodplain Insurance Program Information: www.floodsmart.gov

National Community Rating System Resource Information: www.CRSresources.org 







Fort Fairfield is the sixth largest community in Aroostook County with a population of roughly 3450.  The town is centrally located, and lies equal distance from the two largest cities in The County with both Presque Isle and Caribou eleven miles away.  Fort Fairfield is also situated on the eastern border with Canada and has a round-the-clock border crossing into Perth-Andover, New Brunswick. 

Fort Fairfield is a dual township, encompassing more than 78 square miles. The topography is mainly rolling hills used for farmland with the majestic Aroostook River slicing through the countryside.  Fort Fairfield’s quaint and charming downtown lies on the banks of the river, and plays host to Aroostook County’s premier summertime celebration, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Major employers in the community include; mail order and specialty pharmacy I-Care Pharmacy, 35MW biomass energy producer ReEnergy, skilled metal manufacturers K-Pel Industrial Services and Stainless Food Services, agriservices company Cavendish Farms, livestock feed producer Lucerne Farms, food grade starch producer Western Polymer, the US Customs and Border Protection, alternative energy design and installation company County Energy Solutions, mechanical-electrical engineering firm Armstrong Engineering, and Pineland Farms Natural Meats which operates a large cattle feedlot.

In addition, Fort Fairfield -- once the Potato Capital of the World – remains a major potato growing community, but it isn’t just potatoes that’s growing in our fields these days.  Broccoli, hops and a variety of grains are grown commercially in Fort Fairfield.

Also growing in Fort Fairfield is our community of Amish families, many of whom own and operate their own successful businesses and farms.  These Amish craftsmen make furniture, fabricate buildings, work with a variety of sheet metal and roofing materials and operate vegetable and dairy farms.

Fort Fairfield is also home to a well-respected school system with a dedicated, caring faculty and staff teaching in modern facilities, a Carnegie Library, two medical clinics, a bank, a credit union, a full-service post office, a grocery store, a dentist’s office, two gas stations, several gift and specialty shops, restaurants and more! 

With low-cost land, some of the lowest power costs in Maine, a water and sewer utility designed for industry, an active rail line, and a community dedicated to fostering business - Fort Fairfield possesses the tools and the infrastructure needed to help businesses grow!  Please keep reading for additional information about our community and all we can do to make Friendly Fort Fairfield your development destination, or call us at 472-3800!

2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival

Celebrate the County's agricultural heritage at the Maine Potato Blossom Festival, July 14-22 in Fort Fairfield. There is something for everyone with athletic events, live music, the HUGE parade on the 21st and a myriad of family friendly activities. Wrap it up with fireworks over the Aroostook River on the 22nd for a vacation to remember.

Brought to you by the Town of Fort Fairfield and the Maine Potato Board.

Join us for the 71st Annual
Maine Potato Blossom Festival

July 14 - 22, 2018

Festival Forms

Advertising Purchase Form for Commemorative Booklet
Event Registration Form
Sponsorship Registration Form
Vendor Application Form
Arts and Crafts Vendor Registration Form
Parade Registration Form
Mashed Potato Wrestling Registration Form

Athletic Events
Historical Events
Pageants
New This Year

Class Reunions

Class of 1968 – Sat. July 21, 5 pm, Lions Club
Class of 1973 – Fri. July 20, 5:30 pm, AVCC
Class of 1978 – Sat. July 21, 4 pm, Snowmobile Club
Class of 1983 – Sat. July 21, 5 pm, AVCC
Class of 1988 – Sat. July 21, 5 pm, Fish & Game Club
Class of 1998 – Fri. July 20, 6 pm, Lions Club
Class of 2008 – Fri. July 20, 5 pm, Fields Lane

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS, Village Square, 232 Main Street
Sponsored by Town of Fort Fairfield, Maine Potato Board, ReMax, Aaron’s, Inc.

COLORING CONTEST, County Federal Credit Union, 232 Main Street
Pick up your coloring page any time. Entries will be judged at 10 am on Friday, July 20.
Prizes awarded!
Sponsored by The County Federal Credit Union

FOOD COURT – THURS – SUN 
Sponsored by I-Care Pharmacy and 5K Tent & Event

BEER GARDEN, Village Square Parking Lot
Thurs-Fri 4p – close. Sat-Sun noon-close.
Hosted by Northern Maine Brewing Co.

Saturday, July 14
8a-3p Town Wide Yard Sale
Register by June 29 at Festival Headquarters. $5 to be included on the map.
Maps available July 2.
Sponsored by Quality of Place Council

9a Chess Tournament, United Parish Church, 4 Church St.
Registration: Early $20/Day of $25
Hosted by UMPI Chess Club

10a Horseshoe Tournament, Riverside Park
$10 person/$20 Team
Hosted by Boy Scout Troup #194
Sponsored by Emera Maine and Precision Custom Woodworking

Sunday, July 15
7-10a Snowmobile Club Breakfast, Fort Fairfield Snowmobile Club, Strickland Road
$8 adult/$4 under 12

1p Fort Fairfield High School Alumni Social, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Cafeteria $5
Hosted by FFHS Alumni Association

4-5p Hymn Sing, Historic Friends Church, Houlton Road
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

Monday, July 16
7p The Pre-Teen / Teen Miss Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8 Admission
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

Tuesday, July 17

8:30a Girls Softball Tournament, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Girls age 9-12, register through your local Recreation Department
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882
Rain date: July 19
3-6p Family Canoe & Kayak Fun Day, boat launch on Monson Pond
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

6p 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Community Center Gymnasium
Register by 5:45 pm. $30 per team
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882

7p Pet Show, CP Park
$2 per pet, leashes required
Hosted by Central Aroostook Humane Society
Sponsored by FIELDS Realty

6 & 7p Planetarium Shows, Francis Malcolm Science Center, 776 Houlton Rd, Easton
Reservations Required, 488-5451
Sponsored by Spudnik

Wednesday, July 18
9a Swim Meet, Fort Fairfield Municipal Swimming Pool
18 and under register through your local Recreation Department
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec, 472-3882
Sponsored by White Smiles
Rain date: July 19

11a – 2p Library Open House, 339 Main St
Check out NASA@MyLibrary and get your picture taken on the moon!

6p Wednesday Evening Fiddlers, Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

6:30p Baby & Bike Parade of Superheroes, Town Clock through Fields Lane
Pre-register at 472-3651
Sponsored by H.O. Perry Insurance

7p The Little & Junior Miss Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8 Admission
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

Thursday, July 19
11a-2p Spudnik Customer Appreciation Open House, 110 Airport Drive, Presque Isle

5p Maine Potato Board Annual Meeting & Industry Dinner, The Forum in Presque Isle
Sponsored by The Maine Potato Board, Maine Potato Growers and Farm Credit East

5-8p Potato Picking Contest, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Sponsored by Hillside IGA

5-8p Cary/Pines Inflatable Adventure Park, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Sponsored by Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services
Rain location: Community Center Gymnasium

6p FFHS Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Cafeteria
Social Hour at 5 pm, Induction Ceremony at 7 pm. 
Reservations required – lgardner@msad20.org. $30

6:30p Gospel Singers at the Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

7:30 Karaoke at the Beer Garden
Hosted by Fireman Fred Parsons

8:30 Movie Under the Stars, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Despicable Me 3 – Rated PG
Sponsored by Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services
Rain location: Community Center Gymnasium

Friday, July 20
9a Bike Rodeo, next to CP Park
Ages 12 and under, bring your bike and helmet!
Sponsored by the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club

10a Coloring Contest Judging, Village Square
Sponsored by County Federal Credit Union

11a Spuddy Buddy Challenge, County Federal Credit Union
Pick up your clue card and help Spuddy find his lost buddies.
Ages 6-12 pre-register at 472-7838. Only 40 clue cards available!
Sponsored by County Federal Credit Union

12-2p & 5-7p Blockhouse Tours
Sponsored by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

2p Splash & Dash, Fort Fairfield Municipal Pool
$15, Register from 12:30 – 1:30 pm, ages 8-12, swim and run – 2 distance options
Sponsored by TAMC, register at 768-4008.

4p Speed Chess Tournament, St Paul’s Episcopal Church Tent
Hosted by UMPI Chess Club

5p Adam Nadeau, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

6p Mashed Potato Wrestling, Food Court
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Fire Dept
Sponsored by Machias Savings Bank

6p Sip & Paint, St Paul’s Episcopal Church Tent
Guided painting event with an agricultural theme. Professional artist, choice of wine and light snacks for an evening and painting you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
$35, register at 762-3576, ID Required
Hosted by Wintergreen Arts Center
7-10p Star City Syndicate, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

Saturday, July 21
6-10a Pancake Breakfast, Old Depot Site
$5
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

6:30a 3 Person Golf Scramble, Aroostook Valley Country Club
Pre-register at 476-8083 or 800-980-8747

8a-5p Arts & Crafts Show, Fields Lane
Hosted by Laureate Gamma Sorority

8-10a One Room School House Tours, Old Depot Site
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

8:30a 5 Miler Road Race, CP Park
$15, Registration starts at 7:30a, Walkers start at 8:30a, Runners start at 9a
Hosted by Fort Fairfield High School Baseball Team
Sponsored by Hillside IGA, Fort Fairfield Lions Club and Maddog Mowing

10a-1p Blockhouse Tours
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society

10a Tribute to Military Veterans, Paul Lockhart VFW Post 6187
Hosted by Fort Fairfield High School Class of 1967
Call Mary Rochford Hunter for more information. 207-227-8652

11:30a Human Chess Game, Food Court
Sponsored by DRD Audio/Video

11:30a Andrew Silver, Bandstand (magician)
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

1p Antique and Unique Car Parade
1:15p 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade
Sponsored by the Maine Potato Board, Rathbun Lumber, and Cassidy Orthodontics

3p 3rd Annual International Tater Tot Eating Competition, Food Court
$5 Registration, Men’s, Women’s and Youth Divisions
Sponsored by Boondocks Grille and Maine Agri-Women

3p Antique Tractor Pulls, Riverside Park East
Hosted by Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Sponsored by Kilcollins Farms

3p Andrew Silver, Main Stage (magic/juggling/variety show)
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

4p Pine & Spurs Riding Club Horse Show, Damboise Road
Game Classes. Open to the public and free of charge.

4:30p Guy & Andy Show, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

5:30 Juggling workshop, Bandstand
Sponsored by Maine Credit Unions

6:30 Tom Hayes, Main Stage (comedian)
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

7:30 The Maine Potato Queen Pageant, Fort Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
$8
Sponsored by Northeast Packaging, Inc.

8p The Altar Boys, Main Stage
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

Sunday, July 22
9a Pine & Spurs Riding Club Horse Show, Damboise Road
Performance Classes. Open to the public and free of charge.

10a Community Worship, Bandstand
Hosted by United Parish Church

10a Spud Cycle Classic Bicycle Race & Tour, Fort Fairfield Public Library
25 mile race, 12 mile tour end at Hillcrest Estates
Registration 8-9:30a at Fort Fairfield Community Center, $15
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Rec Dept
Sponsored by SW Collins, Hillside IGA, Bike Board & Ski

10a-2p Car Show & Shine, Riverside Park
Antique tractors and farm equipment will also be on display.
Hosted by Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Sponsored by Caldwell’s Auto, Kilcollins Farms and TGN Detailing

12-2p Blockhouse Tours
Hosted by Frontier Heritage Historical Society
12 Rubber Duck Race, Bridge to Fort Fairfield Boat Landing
$5 per duck
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

2p Flotilla of Fun, Forbes Landing to Fort Fairfield Boat Landing
Bring your non-motorized water craft, life jackets and paddles to join in the fun. 
Canoe and kayak rentals available upon reservation by calling Kayak Country, 540-6573.
Hosted by Fort Fairfield Parks & Rec

4:30-6p Baked Bean Supper, Knights of Columbus Hall
$8
Hosted by Frontier Fish & Game Club

Singer/Songwriter Sunday on the Main Stage
4p Jacob Graham
5-7p Travis Cyr
7-9p Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow
Sponsored by Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, and Emera Maine

FIREWORKS ON THE AROOSTOOK RIVER!
Sponsored by the Maine Potato Board, McGillan Inc, and ReEnergy. 

THANKS SO MUCH TO OUR 2018 SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

Russet Burbank ($5000 +)
Town of Fort Fairfield
Maine Potato Board
Cary Medical Center
Pines Health Services

Yukon Gold ($1000 +)
Fields Realty
Katahdin Trust Company
McCain Foods
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy
Emera Maine
Maine Credit Unions
Re-Energy

Superior ($500 +)
5K Tent & Event
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Cold River Vodka
Cassidy Orthodontics
County Federal Credit Union
DRD Audio/Visual
Hillside IGA
Machias Savings Bank
McGillan, Inc.
Spudnik

Atlantic ($100 +)
HO Perry / United Insurance
Daigle Oil Company
Caldwell’s Auto
County Super Spud, Inc.
Dead River Company
Fort Fairfield Lions Club
Fort Fairfield Rotary Club
Frontier Fish & Game Club
Irish Setter Pub
Kilcollins Farms
Maddog Mowing
Northeast Packaging
White Smiles Family Dentistry
FA Peabody
Columbia Forest Products
Maine Farmers Exchange
Precision Custom Woodworking
Rathbun Lumber
S.W. Collins Company
TEMPO Employment Agency
The Warehouse Bar and Grill
Percy's Auto Sales & Service


Next Town Council Meeting: May 16, 2018 at 6:00pm


Next Quality of Place Council Meeting: TBA


Next Fort Fairfield Housing Authority Meeting: TBA


Next Fort Fairfield Economic Development Board Meeting: TBA


Next Fort Fairfield Arbor Committee Meeting: TBA

Tax Acquired Property

Occasionally the Town of Fort Fairfield has Tax Acquired property for sale. If any are available, typically they become available in late April or May. Watch for Invitations to Bid in the Star Herald newspaper or Contact Ella Leighton at 207-472-3800 or eleighton@fortfairfield.org for more information.

NOTICE OF TAX SALE


The Town of Fort Fairfield is accepting bids for the purchase of the municipality’s interest in 3 tax-acquired properties in AS IS WHERE IS condition with no guarantees expressed or implied.  Each bid must be in writing and in a sealed envelope marked “TAX SALE BID” on the outside.  Each bid must be for one property only; any person wishing to bid on several properties must submit a separate bid for each one.  All bids must be received at the Town Office no later than 12:00 noon on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at which time the bids will be opened and reviewed.  Bids will be considered for award at the Regular Town Council meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:00pm.  The Town Council reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids.  Each successful bidder shall have ten days from the date of bid acceptance in which to complete the purchase.  Each property will be conveyed by a quitclaim deed without covenants.  In the event that a successful bidder fails, for any reason, to complete the purchase in the time slated, the bid acceptance is void.  The Town Council may thereafter negotiate a sale of the property with any or all unsuccessful bidders.  Bids sent by mail should be addressed to the Town of Fort Fairfield, Tax Sale Bid, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME  04742.

The properties for sale are described as follows:

PROPERTY NUMBER

MAP

LOT

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION

ASSESSED VALUE

MINIMUM BID

1892

13

5B

3.5 acre lot

277 South Caribou Rd

$59,000.00

$6,400.00

2003

31

119

0.17 acres lot

19 Brunswick Avenue

$28,500.00

$3,300.00

1796

36

25

0.42 acre lot

37 Riverside Avenue

$40,000.00

$4,500.00




The tax maps and other public information concerning the properties may be reviewed at the Town Office at 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, during its normal business hours which are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Wind Power Technical Review Committee

November 10, 2014

November 17, 2014

December 1, 2014

December 15, 2014 (No Public Meeting - Committee Members Touring Wind Energy Facility)

December 29, 2014

January 12, 2015

January 26, 2015 (No Meeting - Sound Lecture)

February 9, 2015

February 23, 2015

March 9, 2015

March 23, 2015

March 30, 2015

April 6, 2015 (No full committee meeting held)


April 20, 2015 (No Meeting - Patriots Day Holiday)

May 4, 2015

May 18, 2015

June 1, 2015

June 15, 2015

June 29, 2015

July 13, 2015

July 27, 2015

August 3, 2015

August 10, 2015

turbineThe Town of Fort Fairfield has formed a Wind Power Technical Review Committee. The Committee is investigating and reviewing all aspects of wind power generation. The Committee meets bi-monthly on Monday evenings at 6:00pm in the Town Council Chambers.  These meetings are open to the public to attend, and time has been set aside at the end of each meeting for public comment and input. You can also click here to contact the committee and provide information. (All attachments must be PDF Files).

The Town of Fort Fairfield has formed a Wind Power Technical Review Committee. The Committee is investigating and reviewing all aspects of wind power generation. The Committee holds meetings every other Monday at 6:00pm and welcomes the public's input and participation.
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Wind Power Technical Review Committee

Occasionally the Town of Fort Fairfield has Tax Acquired property for sale. If any are available, typically they become available in late April or May. Watch for Invitations to Bid in the Star Herald or Contact Ella Leighton at 207-472-3800 or eleighton@fortfairfield.org for more information.


The Town of Fort Fairfield is proud to announce these recent recipients of our Community Spirit Awards.

COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

Presented To:

Fort Fairfield Public Works Department

This plaque is presented with much Affection and Appreciation to
the Employees of the Fort Fairfield Public Works Department
for their outstanding work on:

The Elm Street Sidewalk Project
The Main Street Light Retrofit Project
The Riverside Park Project
 
   These projects would never have been completed without the support,
 commitment and dedication of our Public Works Employees.

September 29th, 2010




COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD

Presented To:

J C Construction
(d.b.a. - Public Works Dept)

This Plaque is presented with Affection and Appreciation to:

Bob Jarvis
Darren (Cub) Condon

For your Creative Problem Solving Abilities, your Willingness to Tackle any Project and your Quality of Work
 
Your efforts and dedication are appreciated by the
Citizens of Fort Fairfield.

September 29th, 2010




COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD
Presented to:

The Fort Fairfield Boy Scout Troop # 194


In recognition of your outstanding commitment to the Town of Fort Fairfield for your many civic projects completed in 2010

The Quantity and Quality of Projects Truly Exemplifies the Scout Oath “To do my duty and to help others”

Your Efforts on behalf of the Citizens of Fort Fairfield
are greatly appreciated.

September 29, 2010

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