Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 61

Presque Isle the star city Enjoy everything Presque Isle Area offers during the Summer Months! Central Aroostook County is a rolling vista of vibrant color during the summer months. The gently sloping hills and distant mountains offer a never ending banquet for your eyes. Close by there are a variety of fun-filled and familyoriented activities to keep everyone delighted as well. If you enjoy exploring the wilderness on your own, experience hiking, biking, walking, canoeing, kayaking, driving or any of a variety of personal transport and explore the public spaces in the area. Festivals and fairs, full of fun, are in abundance in the area as well. Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce serves the area from Ashland to Easton, OxBow to Portage Lake and Blaine to Washburn. Each community in this area hosts a summer festival filled with a variety of events. A couple of the larger events are the Northern Maine Fair, July 31 to August 7 and the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest, August 26 to 29, both happening in Presque Isle at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds. The Northern Maine Fair is the longest running and best attended summertime family event in Presque Isle. The Northern Maine Fair celebrates our agricultural heritage with numerous exhibitions including livestock, equestrian riding competitions, horse pulls, floral displays and art exhibits; in addition to a collection of musical performances, a demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, harness racing and an exciting midway provided by Smokey’s Greater Shows. The Crown of Maine Balloon Fest brings hot air balloon pilots to the area who will be available to provide balloon rides. The Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce will arrange a time for flights. Fees and actual flight details are the responsibility of the pilots. In addition to hot air balloon rides, watching and chasing balloons, the weekend will provide a variety of activities. Friday & Saturday evenings there will be balloon glows at the Northern Maine Fair Grounds. Friday evening, Presque Isle High School will once again host Ernie & The Automatics. Saturday, the Presque Isle Forum will be the site of children’s activities from 10:00 am until mid afternoon, the hot air balloon pilots and their crews will have a softball game, there will be music in the park and of course the Street Fair and dance will be held on Main Street in the evening. Enjoy the following festivals as you relax in the splendor of central Aroostook County: Mapleton Daze – June 25 & 26; Ashland Summer Fest – July 1-4; Portage Boat Parade – July 4; Easton Field Days – Jul 7-11; Portage Motorcycle Rodeo – July 10; Northern Maine Fair – July 30-August 7; Washburn Festival – August 20-22; Crown of Maine Balloon Fest – August 26-29; Westfield Jubilee – August 27&28; Fireman’s Muster – September 10-12.