If you are a resident of Fort Fairfield and need to apply for General Assistance, Please call the Town Office at 207-472-3800 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30pm Monday-Friday to make an appointment. You must have an appointment already scheduled to be seen for General Assistance.
Walk-in appointments are not accepted unless it is an emergency.
If the Town Office is closed and you are in need of Emergency Assistance, please call the Fort Fairfield Police Department at 472-3808.
Maine Potato Blossom Festival
(Tentative) 2019 Schedule of Events
New This Year
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Friday, July 19th Nortic Heritage Center
Doors open at 2pm. Contact person: Steve Towle email@example.com
Class of 1994 25th Reunion Friday, July 19th Snowmobile Club 5pm?
Class of 1999 20th Reunion Friday, July 19th Lions Club House (Forest Ave.) 6pm
FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS - TBA
All Week! 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 19th.
Sponsored by The County Federal Credit Union
Potato Barrel Raffle - TBA
FOOD COURT – Thurs-Fri (4-pm-10pm) Sat: (9am-10pm) Sunday: 11am-?)
Sponsored by: I-Care Pharmacy and 5K Tent & Event
BEER GARDEN: Village Sq. Parking Lot
Thurs-Fri (4p – close), Sat-Sun (noon-close)
Hosted by Northern Maine Brewing Co.
Saturday, July 13th & Sunday July 14th
Town Wide Yard Sale
Register by June 28th at Festival Headquarters. ($5) to be included on the map.
Maps available July 2nd.
Sponsored by: Quality of Place Council
Saturday, July 13th (New Event) Chamber’s Smokin’ BBQ Cook-off
Saturday, July 13th 8am-6pm BBQ Cook-0ff
Saturday, July 13th 12 noon BBQ judging begins
Saturday, July 13th BBQ People’s Choice tasting begins
Sponsored by: Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce
FMI: Contact: LaNiece Sirois, Executive Director (207-764-6561)
Saturday, July 13th 10am Horseshoe Tournament, Riverside Park
Hosted by: Boy Scout Troop #194
Sponsored by: Emera Maine & Precision Woodworking
Saturday, July 13th Car Wash 11am-4pm VFW Parking Lot
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Fire Dept.
Saturday, July 13th 1pm Pine & Spurs Riding Club Game Show (Damboise Rd.)
Sunday, July 14th
7am-10am Snowmobile Club Breakfast
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Snowmobile Club ($8-adults-$4 under 12)
Sunday, July 14th 9am Pine & Spurs Riding Club (Performance Show)
Sunday, July 14th Alumni Banquet 1pm Middle/High School Cafeteria ($5)
Tuesday, July 16th 8:30am Girls Softball Tournament
Location: Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Girls age: 9-12, register through your local Recreation Dept.
Hosted by: Fort Fairfield Park & Rec. 472-3882
Rain Date: ?
Tuesday, July 16th 3-6pm Family Canoe & Kayak Fun Day, boat launch on Munson Pond. Hosted by: Frontier Fish & Game Club
Tuesday, July 16th 7pm Little Miss Pageant (new date)
Location: Middle/High School Gym ($8) Admission
Sponsored by: Northeast Packaging
Tuesday, July 16th 7pm Pet Show Bandstand
$2 per Pet Leashes required
Hosted by: Central Aroostook Humane Society
Sponsored by: Fields Reality
Tuesday, July 16th 6&7pm Planetarium Shows, Francis Malcolm Science Center
776 Houlton Rd. Easton. Reservations Required, (488-5451)
Wednesday, July 17th
9am Swim Meet Ft. Fairfield Municipal Swimming Pool
18 & under register through your local Recreation Depts.
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Park & Rec., 472-3882
Sponsored by: White Smiles
Rain Date: ?
Wednesday, July 17th 11am-2pm Library Open House 339 Main St.
Check Out: NASA@mylibrary and get your picture taken on the moon!
Wednesday, July 17th 6pm Wednesday Evening Fiddlers, Bandstand
Sponsored by: Maine Credit Unions
Wednesday, July 17th Baby & Bike Parade of Superheroes, Town Clock thru Fields Lane. Pre-Register at: 472-3651
Sponsored by: United Insurance
Wednesday, July 17th (7pm) Jr. Miss Pageant
Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Gym ($8) Admission
Sponsored by: Northest Packaging Co.
Thursday, July 18th 8:30am Soft Ball Tournament ??
Thursday, July 18th 9am-3pm Kids Closet
(Sizes and items available for everyone)
Location: Housing Authority (fields lane)
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Housing Authority & United Way
Thursday, July 18th 10:30am Story Time
Ft. Fairfield Library
Thursday, July 18th 11am-2pm Spudnik Customer Appreciation Open House
110 Airport Dr. Presque Isle.
Thursday, July 18th 5pm-8pm Cary/Pines Inflatable Adventure Park
Location: Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Sponsored by: Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services (Vendors on site)
Rain Location: Community Center
Thursday, July 18th 5pm-8pm Potato Picking Contest
Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex (Vendors on site)
Sponsored by: Hillside IGA Special appearance by Spuddy!!
Thursday, July 18th 6pm FFHS Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet
Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Cafeteria
Social Hour at 5pm, Induction Ceremony at 7pm
Reservations Required: firstname.lastname@example.org ($30)
Thursday, July 18th 7pm-9pm New Shades of Blue Band (Jazz)
Main Stage Village Sq. Parking Lot.
Sponsored by: ??
Thursday, July 18th 7:30 Karaoke in the Beer Garden
Hosted by: Fireman Fred Parsons
Thursday, July 18th 8:30pm Move Under the Stars
Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Athletic Complex
Movie Selection TBA
Sponsored by: Cary Medical Center & Pines Health Services
Rain Location: Community Center
Friday, July 19th 9am Bike Rodeo ( ages 12 and under-bring your bike& helmet)
Location: Next to CP Park
Sponsored by: Ft. Fairfield Rotary
Friday, July 19th 10am Coloring Contest Judging Village Sq.
Sponsored by: The County Federal Credit Union
Friday, July 19th 11am 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
Friday, July 19th 12-2pm & 5-7pm Blockhouse Tours
Sponsored by” Frontier Heritage Historical Society
Friday, July 19th 2pm Splash & Dash (3rd event in the Triple Crown Series)
($15) Register from 12:30-1:30pm, ages 8-12, swim & run (2) distance options
Sponsored by: Northern Light Health, register at 768-4008
Friday, July 19th 4-6pm Family Game Night Fields Lane
Kids Karaoke, Speed Chess, Potato Car Races and more
Sponsored by: ??
Friday, July 19th 5pm Hoss and Lurleen (country folk music) Main Stage
Sponsored by: ??
Friday, July 19th 6pm Mash Potato Wrestling (note new rules 2019)
Registration: 5-6pm Event at 6pm (Registration on site only the day of event)
No Pre-Registration before day of event!!
Age 5 & up are allowed to wrestle
Age 18 and under need Guardian sign off and permission
Age 5-15 need to have Guardian present at the time of Wrestling. (16-17 do not)
Fire Dept. Will be selling Apple & Blueberry Cobbler with Ice Cream
Sponsored by: Ft. Fairfield Fire Dept.
Friday, July 19th 6pm Sip & Paint, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Tent
Guided painting event with Agricultural theme. Professional artist, choice of wine and light snacks for an evening & painting you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
$35 register at 762-3576, ID Required
Hosted by: Wintergreen Arts Center
Friday, July 19th 7-10pm Street Dance (Street closed 5pm-10pm)
Star City Syndicate Band
Sponsored by: Fields Realty, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, & Emera Maine
Saturday, July 20th 6am-10am Pancake Breakfast Depot Site
($5) Admission Hosted by: Frontier Heritage Historical Society
Saturday, July 20th (3) Person Golf Scramble Aroostook Valley Country Club
Pre-Register at: 476-8083 or 800-980-8747
Saturday, July 20th 8am-5pm Arts & Crafts and Vendor Event
Registration: call: 472-3802 or email@example.com
Sponsorship by: Maine Potato Blossom Festival & Town of Fort Fairfield
Saturday, July 20th 8:30am 5 Miler Road Race CP Park
Registration: 7:30am ($15) Walkers start: 8:30, Runners at: 9am
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield High School Baseball Team
Sponsored by: Hillside IGA, Ft. Fairfield Lions Club, Maddog Mowing
Saturday, July 20th 10am-1pm Blockhouse Tours
Hosted by: Frontier Heritage Historical Society
Saturday, July 20th 1pm Antique & Unique Car Parade
Saturday, July 20th 1:15pm Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade
Pre-Register at: www.fortfairfield.org or call 472-3802
Sponsored by: Maine Potato Board, Rathbun Lumber, Cassidy Orthodontics and Fields Realty.
Saturday, July 20th 3pm (4th) Annual International Tator Tot Eating Contest
Food Court: ($5) Registration Men’s, Woman’s & Youth Divisions
Sponsored by: Boondocks Grill and Maine Agri-Woman
Saturday, July 20th 3pm Antique Tractor Pulls Riverside Park East
Hosted by: The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club
Sponsored by: Kilcollins Farms
Saturday, July 20th All day!! Display of Old Verses New Technology in the Farming Industry. “Come Walk Down Memory Lane” & Agriculture today!
Sponsored by: MPG, McCain Foods, Theriault Equipment, Spudnik, Pineland Farms Potato Co.
Saturday, July 20th Annual Chicken BBQ Next to the Food Court
9:30 till gone!
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Episcopal Church
Saturday, July 20th 4pm Potato Carving Contest Bandstand
More details TBA (Spuddy is invited)
Saturday, July 20th 6pm Adam Nadeau (acoustic guitar)
Food Court ??
Saturday, July 20th 7:30pm The Maine Potato Blossom Queen Pageant
Ft. Fairfield Middle/High School Gymnasium
Sponsored by: Northeast Packaging Co.
Saturday, July 20th 8pm ROXX U (Rock Band)
Main Stage Village Sq.
Sponsored by: Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, 5K Tent & Event, Irish Setter Pub
Sunday, July 21st All day!! Display of Old Verses New Technology in the Farming Industry. “Come Walk Down Memory Lane” & Agriculture today!
Sponsored by: MPG, McCain Foods, Theriault Equipment, Spudnik, Pineland Farms Potato Co. Maine Potato Board
Sunday, July 21st 9am Pine & Spurs Riding Club, Damboise Rd.
Game Classes. Open to the public and free of charge
Sunday, July 21st 9am Tough Tater/Tot Challenge
Look for more details coming soon!
Sunday, July 21st 10am Morning Service
Hosted by: The Celebration Center
Location: Bandstand (bring your chairs) All are Welcome!
Sunday, July 21st 10am-2pm Car Show & Shine Riverside Park
Sponsored by: Caldwell’s Auto, Griffeth Ford, TGN Detailing
Sunday, July 21st 12-5pm “Last Stop To Freedom” (Presentations every hour) Friends Church Rt.1A Fort Fairfield.
Explore the history of the Maple Grove Friends Church and its role as the Underground Railroad site through stories, exhibits & presentations from local historians and storytellers.
Hosted by: Frontier Heritage Historical Society & Tomlinson Lake Hike to Freedem. FMI: Contact: Dianna Leighton (207-) 540-8818
Sunday, July 21st 12pm Annual Rubber Duck Race
Bridge to Ft. Fairfield boat landing
($5) per duck Contact person: ?
Hosted by: Frontier Fish & Game Club
Sunday, July 21st 2pm Flotilla Of Fun Forbes Landing to Ft. Fairfield Boat Landing
Bring your non-motorized water craft, life jackets and paddles to join in the fun!
Canoe & Kayak rentals available upon reservations by calling: Kayak Country, 540-6573
Hosted by: Ft. Fairfield Park and Rec.
Sunday, July 21st Molly The Trolley Tours
Look for more details soon!!
Sunday, July 21st 3pm Special Demonstration: Latest Satellite Technology in the farming Industry.
Hosted by: Theriault Equipment
Sunday, July 21st 4:30 Bake Bean Supper
Look for more details
Sunday, July 21st 6pm Northern Star Winner & Runner ups Performance Main Stage Village Sq.
Sponsored by: Maine Credit Unions, Daigle Oil, Graves Shop & Save
Sunday, July 21st 7-pm-10pm Band (No Pressure) Main Stage Village Sq.
Sponsored by: Harry’s Motor Sports, Webxcentrics, Katahdin Trust Bank
Sunday, July 21st 9pm Fireworks over the Aroostook River
We have planned an awesome show!
Sponsored by: Maine Potato Board, McGillan Inc. Fields Realty, Katahdin Trust Co., McCain Foods, Emera Maine & Maine Credit Unions, Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy, Pineland Potato Co., & Cary Medical/Pine Health Services.
Indoor Walking/Exercise - The community center gymnasium is open to the public for walking/exercise Monday through Friday from 6:00am-12:00 noon (except holidays). The hours are subject to change and will be posted accordingly. There is no charge to use the facility for this activity and all are welcome.
Co-ed Volleyball - Starting in late October, Co-ed volleyball for ages 16 and over will held at the Fort Fairfield Community Center every Sunday evening from 6-8pm through the end of April. The program is informal with teams being selected each night from all those in attendance. There is no charge to participate in the program and all are welcome.
Adult Basketball - The community center is open for adult basketball from 6:30-8:30pm starting in late October. Play is informal with teams being selected each night from all those in attendance. The cost is $2 each night. If there is sufficient interest amongst all players, we will organize a league and have scheduled play for each team. Please contact the Recreation Department 472-3882 for more information, or click this link to see our current recreational happenings for more details.
Youth Sports & Activities - For information on other programs, including current youth sports information and other activities, please visit the recreation department webpage and click on Current Recreational Happenings or contact the Recreation Department at 472-3882.
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SWIM TEAM – The swim team is open to all for boys and girls up to 18 years of age as of May 1. Practices will begin in June and are held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00-5:00pm throughout the months of June and July. A more complete schedule of practices and meets will be made available to team members during the first week of practice.
SWIM LESSONS – Are available to boys and girls 18 years of age and under with lessons following pre-set guidelines established by the American Red Cross. Lessons are held Monday through Thursday. There are two sessions of lessons each summer and parents have the option to sign up their children for either session or you can sign them up to participate in both sessions. There is a limit of 10 students per class for most lessons so please be sure to register early to insure enrollment. The registration fee is $5 per student which is due at the time of registration. We are an authorized provider of the American Red Cross.
LAP SWIM – Lap swim and aquatic exercise will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:00-6:00pm starting in June and continuing through the end of July. During this time the pool is reserved for those intending to use the pool for aquatic exercise purposes and lap swimming only. There is no fee to participate in lap swim or aquatic exercise and all adults are welcome.
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For more information call:
POOL PHONE – (During the season) – 472-3883
REC DEPARTMENT PHONE – 472-3882
The board is tasked with promoting policies, strategies, and funding mechanisms that foster stable and sustainable economic growth, expanding the non-residential tax base, providing for the service and leisure needs of the townspeople, and promoting job and entrepreneurial opportunities in a manner that enhances the image, competitiveness and quality of life of the community.
“While many organizations and individuals within our community are working together to improve our economic climate, the Town does not have an Authority, Board or Committee whose main focus is economic development,” explained Town Manager, Jim Risner. “We believe the creation of the Economic Development Board will focus those efforts and improve the results of those efforts.”
The Town Council appointed the members of the inaugural Economic Development Board at its meeting on December 16th, 2015. The members are David Dorsey, Gary Sirois, Shane McGillan, Edith Helstrom and Stev Rogeski. Councilors Melissa Libby and Jason Barnes were appointed to serve as the Town Council Representatives during the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
For more information, please contact Economic Development Director, Richard R. Levesque, Jr. at 472-3805 or at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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! For additional information about our community please call 207-472-3802 or email email@example.com and let us show you why Friendly Fort Fairfield is ready to put your business to work!
The Maine Department of Transportation has also created a series of cycling routes throughout Maine that seek to provide guidance to those looking for a taste of the various regions in our state. Follow this link to a route through central Aroostook that travels along the Aroostook River and passes many beautiful farms and sites of interest.
The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) was created by volunteers in Maine, New Brunswick, and Quebec 20 years ago. The IAT starts east of Baxter State Park (the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) and makes its way over more than 700 miles to Cap Gaspe, Quebec.
The IAT travels along the Maine - New Brunswick border before crossing the international border between Canada and the United States in Fort Fairfield.
There is a trailhead located at the end of Sam Everett Road in Fort Fairfield for people interested in hiking this scenic section of the trail (NOTE: Hikers must call the U.S. Border Patrol in Fort Fairfield, 207.472.5041 before walking on the border clearing trail and say when they will be hiking there. Hikers must stay inside the cleared area of the border until crossing into New Brunswick. A valid passport is required for all hikers entering either Canada or the United States).
For thru-hikers, Fort Fairfield offers a host of services including a grocery store, restaurants, drug store, banks, laundry mat, and health clinics a short distance from the trail. Currently, there are no lodging accomodations available in Fort Fairfield, but there is a lean-to available for overnight use along the Fort Fairfield section of the trail (at mile 134 north from Baxter State Park). No fires are allowed at the campsite.
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The museum collection is comprised of a display of locomotive and cars. It includes a newly refurbished combination sleeping-dining car used for elegant gourmet dinners and other events.
The Canadian-Pacific Railroad station (1875) was moved out of the floodplain along the Aroostook River to this site in 2000.
A public pancake breakfast and open house is featured during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival on the 3rd Saturday in July.
An antique farm machinery display is set up near the B&A Railroad museum. It features large and small horse drawn equipment for transportation and farming potatoes, hay, flax, and grain. Some equipment goes back to the time when oxen were used to plow the fields around Fort Fairfield.
Adjacent to the museum is an old stone railroad station which is privately owned (and as of October 2016 for sale).
The Frontier Hertiage Historical Society maintains the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum and is always looking for volunteers and donations to help maintain, preserve and restore the many historic buildings and artifacts in their collection.
The McIntosh School is the only restorable one left out of the twenty-six listed in Maine in 1904. It was built in 1848 before churches and other public buildings, and was also used for town meetings, social gatherings, church services, weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The school was originally located near the corner of Route 1A and Route 167. It was moved to its current location near the Fort Fairfield Railroad Museum off Brown Street. The blackboards are still in place and so too are the privy compartments - one each for girls and boys! Volunteers from the Frontier Heritage Historical Society have worked to restore the school house and host school groups and tours throughout the year.
Located on Route 1a, Friends Church is the oldest still-standing church in Fort Fairfield. It was built in 1859-1860 by the Haines family and a bunch of their Quaker friends, who, according to oral history, were part of the Underground Railroad before and during the Civil War.
The church was later used as a neighborhood community church and is being restored by Frontier Heritage Historical Society.
Friends Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and plays host to the annual Hymn Sing typically held on the first Sunday of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.
The Riverside Pavilion sits overlooking the majestic Aroostook River at the corner of Route 1A and North Caribou Road.
The pavilion is a popular picnic spot, thanks to its scenic location, adjacent playground and multiple covered picnic tables with charcoal grills set amidst acres of lush park space.
The pavilion features bathroom facilities and potable water. The large covered picnic area has seating for roughly fifty and has a sink to aid with clean-up. There is a boat landing on the Aroostook River nearby.
For more information about Riverside Pavilion, including rental fees and to reserve use of the facility, contact the Fort Fairfield Town Office at 472-3800.
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