Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 5 : Summer 2010 - Page 63

The old adage, “there’s nothing to do”, just has no place in The County this summer! In the middle of the darkest of winter days, it’s always nice to be planning summer events, and this year, the schedule is absolutely full! Last year saw the start of the Houlton Community Market in our community. As with anything new, the first year was a learning and growing one. Houlton’s Community Market has the most amazingly hearty group of marketers you will find. Neither wind nor rain kept them from their posts. This year, we are excited that the market has grown in number of participants. The location has been moved to center island, right in downtown Houlton, an excellent spot to purchase farm fresh eggs, vegetables, plants, baked goods, jams, jellies, arts and crafts and more. The market is open every Saturday, until September 4th from 9am until 1pm. The Houlton Agricultural Fair begins on July 1st and will end with the most spectacular display of fireworks north of Bangor on the 4th of July! The Fair has an incredible schedule for four days of family fun. The 4th of July parade will be held on Sunday, at 1:00pm. Check the Fair’s website for a complete list of events at www.houltonfair.com. Saturday, July 3rd, will be THE day to be in Houlton, Maine. Why, you may be asking yourself? Because it’s MIDNIGHT MADNESS! If you have never attended this event, then what’s been keeping you? This year, the day will start with the Community Market, an Arts and Crafts Show in Monument Park from 10 until 4, incredible sales from all of our local retailers and then.. as dusk approaches…the madness begins! McGill’s Band kicks the evening off with a concert in Monument Park, the streets are closed down and the street fun begins. The sales get progressively better as the midnight hour approaches. Tim the Tune Man will help you get your groove on as you shop and stroll along, while meeting up with old and new friends. The rock band Ravocta will be playing for the young at heart, so get those dancing shoes ready. The theme of this year’s event is: An Old Fashioned 4th of July. We expect to see plenty of Uncle Sams, Betsy Rosses and lots of red, white and blue! Contests are held for the local business community and they are judged on the best use of the theme, both inside and out! Come and join the fun! Houlton’s Potato Feast Days celebration is slated for the weekend of August 20th through the 23rd. The Annual Doll and Wagon Wrangler Parade start the fun on Friday evening, the 20th. It is, without question, the cutest darn parade you will ever see, as youngsters stroll with their doll carriages and wagons through downtown. The weekend also sports an Arts and Crafts Show as well as the ever popular Friends and Needles Quilt Show and retail sales. Please call the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce for further information on any or all of the aforementioned events at 207-532-4216. Lori Weston Executive Director Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce SPRING SUMMER 2010 Our Communities 61