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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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The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has partnered together with the Frontier Heritage Historical Society on a special t-shirt project to raise funds for both organizations.  The money raised from the sale of the shirts will be split evenly by the two groups, with the Chamber using funds to support local businesses and improve the economic climate of Fort Fairfield and the Historical Society using the funds they generate to help replace the roof on the blockhouse downtown.

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Looking for more information? Contact Executive Director, Tim Goff at (207)472-3802 or email tgoff@fortfairfield.org

Specialty Foods Sample Space to add new flavor to 37th Annual Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair!

Plans are taking shape for the 37th annual Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair sponsored by the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.  The Northern Maine Agri-Business Trade Fair is the largest trade fair north of Bangor and is held at The Forum in Presque Isle.  Save the dates - as the Trade Fair returns on March 25th & 26th in 2017!  

New this year will be an opportunity to sample some of the fantastic local foods and products being produced in Aroostook County and across the Pine Tree State in the Specialty Foods Sample Space!  

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Maine Potato Blossom Festival, Fort Fairfield, Maine

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a nine-day celebration of our agricultural heritage!

Hosted annually by the Town of Fort Fairfield the Festival is Aroostook County's premier, family-friendly event!

With more than 100 events, performances, contests and activities the Maine Potato Blossom Festival features something for everyone! Plus a large food court, arts and crafts, vendors, exhibitors and an expansive beer garden!
Scheduled events include: FOUR NIGHTS of live music on the new and improved Festival Main Stage!
PLUS, Nightly entertainment in the community bandstand!  

Other activities and events include one of the largest parades in northern New England! Mashed potato wrestling, a potato picking contest, the Town Wide Yard Sale, kids Adventure Park featuring numerous bounce houses and water features, a Movie Under the Stars, bike rodeo, horseshoe tournament, car show, antique tractor pulls, horse clinics, class reunions, household pet shoe, baby and bike parade, human foosball tournament, chess tournaments, special suppers, BBQ's, breakfasts and more!

The Festival features numerous athletic contests including the County Swim Meet, 3-person golf scramble at Aroostook Valley Country Club, 5-miler road race, 25 mile Spud Cycle Classic Bike Race & Tour, girl's softball tournament, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and a family canoe and kayak fun day!

Also, due to demand, there will be FIVE Maine Potato Blossom Pageants in 2017!

Capping it all is the Fireworks Spectacular over the majestic Aroostook River!

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival Parade is ALWAYS on the third Saturday in July!!

For more information contact the Town of Fort Fairfield 207-472-3802.

(Check Back Often as Events and Entertainment are Continually Updated!)


Thank you for considering membership in the  Fort Fairfield, Maine Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is a worldwide-connected, community-based network dedicated to business growth, economic development, and enhanced community quality of life. For the year 2015, membership is FREE for any business owner, resident or employee of a business in Fort Fairfield. 

There are no fees this year, or forms to fill out - so come join your friends and neighbors and play an active role in the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce today!

If you are considering joining as a corporate or organizational member, there are many benefits offered by the Chamber that can help enhance your business' productivity and visibility.

If you are considering an individual membership, there are many community-based civic, social, and cultural programs and events for you to become involved.

Additionally, membership demonstrates a commitment to our community’s economic future as well as a “let’s work together” spirit towards improving our quality of place.

There are no fees this year, or forms to fill out - so come join your friends and neighbors and play an active role in the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce today!

Thank You for your consideration and support.  We look forward to working with you to build a better, brighter future for our community.

For more information, contact the Executive Director, Tim Goff at 207-472-3802 or email tgoff@fortfairfield.org

For More Information call 472-3802 or email us. 

Membership in the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is FREE in 2015! Active membership helps your business grow while making positive impacts on our community. As a chamber member you are involved in growing the community and are kept abreast of current events and legislation that effects both your business and the community. 


Membership in the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is FREE in 2016! Active membership helps your business grow while making positive impacts on our community. As a chamber member you are involved in growing the community and are kept abreast of current events and legislation that effects both your business and the community. 

Want more information? Contact Executive Director, Tim Goff at (207)472-3802 or email tgoff@fortfairfield.org

The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to business, while caring for community. As a Chamber member you are at the forefront in community economic development and can provide input, through you Chamber membership, to help shape our community's "personality". A united effort is required to make the entire community prosper.


Business Benefits When We All Work Together!

Why Join the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce?

Here are 15 Good Reasons to Take Part in 2015!

1.     It’s FREE!  Membership in the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is free for any business owner or resident of Fort Fairfield for the 2015 calendar year.

2.     Grow Your Business.  Research shows that consumers are more likely to conduct business with a company that is a member of a Chamber of Commerce.*

3.     Stay Informed.  The Chamber works to stay on top of changing trends and important issues that impact businesses, providing you with valuable information that can save you time and money.

4.     Add Credibility.  You can increase positive perception among consumers and business owners when you're identified as a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

5.     Increase Your Visibility.  As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, you are listed in the Chamber Business Directory and have the opportunity to be highlighted in other chamber publications. You can also grow your business by advertising with the Chamber sponsoring events.

6.     Acquire Customer Referrals.  Every day your local Chamber receives calls from individuals and businesses looking for information, and typically recommends other Chamber members.

7.     Create Networking Opportunities.  Chambers have numerous committees - serving on one provides numerous networking opportunities as well as professional leadership development.

8.     Gain a Voice in Government.  The local Chamber takes on issues affecting businesses and generally opposes new regulations, taxes, fees, assessments and costs directed at small businesses. It also helps protect the principles of free enterprise and aids your business in being treated fairly.

9.     Make Business Contacts.  The Chamber’s most fundamental mission is to generate more business activity for the community. The Chamber initiates more business-to-business commerce and opportunities for networking by connecting local professionals.

10.            Chamber Events and Programs.  Chamber events and programs provide members with great opportunities to get to know new people and expand their prospect base. Chamber events are innovative and fun ways to help members meet potential customers, clients and vendors and generate new business leads.

11.            Promotion and Publicity.  More exposure means more business. With a Chamber membership you can reach potential clients through member exclusive advertising and opportunities for business-to-business advertising and publicity. The Chamber will also promote your grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremony and assist with public relations efforts.

12.            Access to Members Only Discounts and Services.  While this isdifferent from Chamber to Chamber, efforts are underway to make your membership benefits more valuable.  One example is the community coupon book that has been developed by the Chambers in Central Aroostook.  For a minimal cost, businesses were invited to provide discounts and coupons for customers. The coupon books help raise funds to support the work of the Chamber while providing valuable advertising and enticements to help attract new customers.

13.            Professional Development.  The Chamber hosts numerous events throughout the year designed to help your business be successful. In 2015, we will be hosting speakers and workshops, starting with a seminar designed to help your business use social media to attract new customers and engage your customer base. Have a topic you’d like explored? Please contact the Chamber and we’ll see what we can do for you!

14.            Invest in a Healthy Local Economy and Build a Better Workforce.  Investing in the Chamber helps Aroostook County promote quality growth that adds new businesses and customers for your business.  The Chamber actively works with local schools, colleges and universities to provide local business owners with skilled, qualified employees.

15.            The Only Thing Missing is YOU!  The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is not a one-stop solution.You may not see immediate results from simply joining your local Chamber, which is normal, but the long-term benefits of being an active member, of working together with other business owners in our community, of engaging in training and educational opportunities, and of partnering with other business and community leader can and will make a difference, for you, your business and for our hometown. Please consider playing an active role in your local Chamber of Commerce today!

*(According to a research study by the Schapiro Group Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local Chamber of Commerce, they are 44% more likely to think favorably of it and 63% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.)

Please contact the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Tim Goff at (207)472-3802 or email him at tgoff@fortfairfield.org for more information.


The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving business while caring for the community. While we attempt to provide a broad based information resource that is useful to businesses, the community, and individuals we know that it is impossible to cover every topic of interest.

When you find that we do not cover a particular topic of interest, please contact us at:

Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce
18 Community Center Drive
Fort Fairfield, ME 04742

Telephone: 207-472-3802
FAX: 207-472-3810

E-mail: ffcc@fortfairfield.org

The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors establishes procedure and formulates organizational policy. The policies are reviewed annually and revised as necessary. The following Board of Directors is effective as of January 1, 2016.

  • Tim Goff, Executive Director 
  • Yancy LaPointe, President
  • Kim Jones, Vice President
  • Carolyn Dorsey, Treasurer
  • Mike Woodman
  • Tammy Deschane

Non-voting members:

  • Tony Levesque - Town Representative
  • Jason Barnes - Town Council Appointee 
  • Scott Smith - Town Council Alternate 



Information provided on the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, hereafter referred to as the Chamber, website is provided, as is, and no accuracy/timeliness warrantees/guarantees are expressed or implied by the Chamber. Additionally, information provided by third parties is provided, as is, and no accuracy/timeliness warrantees/guarantees are expressed or implied by the Chamber. The Chamber website may, from time-to-time, provide "links" to third-party websites, advertising, and content. Using these "links" constitutes leaving the Chamber website, and the Chamber does not endorse any products, advertising, or materials available on these third-party websites. Trademarks, service marks, logos, and patents are the property of their respective owners. The Chamber reserves the right to change any/all information provided on the Chamber website at its sole discretion and without notice.


 Our Commitment To Privacy:

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices.

 Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, hereafter referred to as the Chamber, website. The types of information collected on these pages are: Name, Address, Email address, Phone number, FAX Number, and the like.

 The Way We Use This Information:

We use collected information only to process your Chamber Membership Application/post in the Chamber website online Members Directory. We do not otherwise share this information with outside parties.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

 Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

 How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information:

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by contacting the Chamber. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

 How To Contact Us:

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please see the Contact Us information displayed on the Chamber website.


Fort Fairfield, Maine located in central Aroostook County, a.k.a. The County, offers many interesting and varied activities and sites for a day trip, weekend, or vacation. The following are some examples of the events/activities/sites available for your enjoyment in "Friendly Fort Fairfield". For additional information follow the Town of Fort Fairfield, Maine on Facebook




County Bluegrass


Maine Potato Blossom FestivalTM



Aroostook Valley County Club

 #14 - The Punch Bowl (530 yard - Par 5)

A beautiful hole to look at, easy 5, but a

very difficult second shot if looking for a

birdie. Both water short and out of bounds

left threaten. Typical risk reward hole.

Many would argue this to be AVCC's

signature hole.



International Appalachian Trail

Following the spine of the

Appalachian Mountains from

Mount Katahdin in Maine to

Crow Head in Newfoundland/Labrador,

 passing through Fort Fairfield,

the IAT/SIA is a 1900 mile journey

and is a showcase of breathtaking

mountain scenery, pastoral

countryside, and rugged coastline.


Boondocks Grille

Canterbury Royale Gourmet Dining Room


R & J Market
(and Dairy Bar)




Blockhouse Museum

McIntosh One-Room School House

Railroad Museum

Friends Church

Amish Community

Fort Fairfield Farmer's Market
(May - Oct)




Horseback Riding

Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing
Moutain Biking

Downhill Skiing




Health Care

Katahdin Trust Company

The County Federal Credit Union

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Our Amish community, which extends into the neighboring community of Easton and across the border into New Brunswick, offers an opportunity to explore their old-world lifestyle. Visitors can capture a glimpse into their industrious world and shop for many handmade crafts, quality furniture and homemade baked goods, preserves and more!  Have something bigger in mind?  These master craftsmen can design and build a custom barn or building just for you. In addition, members of our Amish community plant bountiful gardens and sell a wide variety of locally grown, organic vegetables which are available at roadside stands throughout the area.  

The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has partnered with members of our local Amish community to publish a map to help guide you to many of the Amish households and businesses in the area.  We ask that you please be respectful of the privacy of our Amish neighbors and mindful of their desire not to have pictures taken without seeking permission.



The Maine State Chamber Purchasing Alliance, Inc. program, “CHAMBER BLUEOPTIONS,” is designed to serve small businesses with 2-50 employees as well as self-employed people, with exclusive healthcare coverage opportunities.

This program is only available to you if you are currently a member of a Chamber of Commerce in Maine.

The plan offers a number of health plan options and wellness programs discounts.

For additonal information click on this link to the Maine Chamber Blueoptions program.


The Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI)(CWRI) (formerly Labor Market Information Services), a division of the Maine Department of Labor, develops and disseminates state and area labor market information to employers, job seekers, and other users; provides measurements of labor market outcomes to assist local and state officials, employers, educators, trainers, and the public in making decisions that promote economic opportunity and efficient use of state labor resources; and supports the Department with management and actuarial analyses for program planning and delivery.

Please visit the CWRI website for more information.


The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the business community and has a responsibility to provide information that enhances the existing business environment and supports economic development. To facilitate this goal, the Chamber provides up-to-date information and links to third party websites to improve communication and provide our members with the knowledge they need to succeed in today's fast-paced business environment.

We encourage you to use the following links to find valuable information and resources to keep you in the know about the latest trends, issues and topics that impact your business and our community.

Business/Commerce Links

Chamber Memberships/Affiliations

Center for Workforce Reasearch and Information (CWRI)

Maine State Legislature

Visiting Canada

US Customs and Border Protection

Fort Fairfield Border Crossing Station

Canada Border Services Agency

Perth-Andover Border Crossing Station

The Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce maintains the following memberships:

The Chamber also maintains an affiliation with:

For information concerning Chamber memberships/affiliations, please contact us.



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