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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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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.

Next Town Council Meeting: August 16, 2017 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.


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:











3.5 acre lot

277 South Caribou Rd






0.17 acres lot

19 Brunswick Avenue






0.42 acre lot

37 Riverside Avenue



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.


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.

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.


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


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

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



The Town of Fort Fairfield while being cognizant of their obligation to provide care for stray animals and meet the requirements of the State of Maine, also has an obligation to the taxpayers of the community.  Striking a balance between these responsibilities has necessitated establishing a temporary shelter to house dogs and a protocol to reunite them with their owner or find them a new home. The protocol below outlines how citizens of Fort Fairfield should handle stray or nuisance dogs and cats.


Dog at Large/Stray Dog Protocol for Fort Fairfield

  1. Upon observing a stray or nuisance dog, citizens will need to call the police department and an officer will come to their home or place of business to retrieve the dog.                                                                                
  2. The officer will then attempt to identify the dog and it’s owner and if successful, the officer will reunite the dog and owner.                                                                                                  
  3. If the dog is not registered and a positive identification of the dog is not possible, then the dog will be placed in the municipal canine holding facility. The dog will be held there for 24 hours in a further attempt to identify the dog and it’s owner and return the animal to them. At this time notification will also be made to the media with breed information, location where the animal was found and how the owner may go about retrieving their animal. Also, this information with photography will be provided to webmaster for display on homepage of FortFairfield.org.                                                                                      
  4. If the dog or its owner is not identified then the dog will be treated as a stray and held for adoption. The media will again be notified that Fort Fairfield has a dog available for adoption and a brief description of how an interested party may achieve adoption of the pet.                                                                                           
  5. During the holding period, attempts will be made to find the dog a new home with another family. The adopting family, will be responsible for registering and paying for any required vaccinations before the dog is released to them by the animal control officer.                                                                                                   
  6. The Town has retained the services of Dr. Victoria Swanson from County Veterinary Clinic to provide basic health care needs for dogs that come under our care. Her practice is located in New Sweden and she is available to provide services in our area.         She can be reached at 521-4618.


Stray Cats

Though the law does not require an obligation on the community's part to accommodate for cats, we have made arrangements with an organization to take strays that our animal control officer picks up. In an effort to utilize our limited resources efficiently and effectively we ask citizens who have come in contact with stray or nuisance cats, to aid the animal control officer by:

     • Attempting to find the rightful owner of the cat.

     • Consider taking in/adopting the cat for yourself, or

        finding a home for the stray.

In the event neither of these options are achievable or practical, the Town of Fort Fairfield has established a fund for citizens to donate to, that will be used on a case by case basis, to defray cat placement costs. The animal control officer has made arrangements with a local organization to process and put up for adoption our community's stray cats.

If a Fort Fairfield citizen owns a cat they would like to put up for adoption they will need to make their own arrangements at their own expense.

This new policy was not arrived at in a frivolous manner. The cost to the Fort Fairfield taxpayer was such that it necessitated review. The Animal Control Officer welcomes the opportunity to work with volunteers within Fort Fairfield to establish a program that deals with stray animals in Fort Fairfield in a humane and loving manner.

To donate to the Stray Animal Fund, please contact the Town Office at 472-3800 or click on the Donate button on the side and process your donation through PayPal.com.


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Stray Animal Fund


In an effort to utilize the community's limited resources in a more efficient manner, Fort Fairfield town management and the Fort Fairfield Town Council, has decided to provide its own care and placement for our stray animals. We are in hopes that volunteers and donations will be sufficient to cover costs. Your donation will help defray cost and allow the community to bring our strays to a local pet rescue facility. Please join us and volunteer your time or make a donation to the Stray Animal Fund. To do so, you can mail or drop off a check to: Stray Animal Fund, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, ME 04742. To make a secure donation online click on the Donate button below. The Town of Fort Fairfield is committed to providing for our stray animals in a loving and caring manner.



                                                                  Stray Animal Policy Link


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