Maine Potato Blossom Festival Boasts Expanded Line-Up
Building upon the momentum generated in 2015, the 69th annual installment of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival boasts an expanded line-up of free performances and family-friendly events.
In addition to live performances every night in the Community Bandstand, the Festival will feature four nights of musical performances on the Festival Main Stage featuring many well-known local and regional acts.
Tim Goff, Director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival stated, “We are working hard to create an event which not only entertains the thousands of people who attend annually from throughout Aroostook County and New Brunswick, but to create a full schedule of events and activities which entices people to come explore what Fort Fairfield and The County are all about."
Headlining the four nights of performances on the Festival Main Stage are all Maine-based bands with large, passionate fan bases and diverse sounds. The performances start at 6 pm on Thursday July 14th with a pair of local rockers from the popular band, Common Crossing - Brian and Doug, stripping their sound down for an acoustic set of classics. Following them onto the stage that night at 8 pm are a trio of musicians from the St. John Valley, French Toast, who always get the crowd going with the rocking musical mix that spans the decades.
On Friday July 15th at 6 pm, The Half Moon Jug Band makes their much anticipated debut in the County! These talented musicians are well known for their unique originals that draw upon stories from Maine. At 8 pm Hancock County’s country sensation, Chris Ross and the North, take their turn on the Festival Main Stage and are sure to impress audiences with their smooth sound and emotional songs. It also is an opportunity for drummer Ryan Curless to return to his famous grandfather’s roots. Curless is the grandson of country legend, Dick Curless, a Fort Fairfield native well-known for his distinctive eye-patch and trucking country classics such as the hit “A Tombstone Every Mile” written about a lonely drive through the northern Maine woods.
Saturday July 16th will feature Travis Cyr, the Jason Spooner Band and Unlucky Joe. That will be followed by a fireworks finale over the Aroostook River directly behind the Festival Main Stage.
The Maine Potato Blossom Festival also features one of the largest parades in northern New England.
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