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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.

                “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,” stated Tim Goff, Director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.  “We see the Festival as a great opportunity to showcase our region and to attract more visitors to our region, providing a greater economic impact for our local businesses.”

                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 6pm 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 8pm 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 6pm, The Half Moon Jug Band make their much anticipated debut in the County!  These talented musicians are well known for their unique originals that draw upon stories from Maine, including favorites about a rampaging pig and the infamous North Woods Hermit, as well as for their interpretation of a variety of folksy classics.  At 8pm 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 a pair of hard-working performers bringing their distinctive sounds to the Festival Main Stage.  At 6pm, Travis Cyr will pull into town, bringing with him his unique sound and his cerebral mix of American Folk and Roots music.  At 8pm, the Jason Spooner Band, who have shared the stage with legends like B.B. King, Ray LaMontagne and Blues Traveler, will wow the crowds with their power-house live performance and great songwriting.

                Capping the nine-day celebration will be Unlucky Joe, who’s groove-metal sound has been entertaining audiences for more than a decade.  That performance will be followed by a fireworks finale over the Aroostook River directly behind the Festival Main Stage.  There will be a beer garden and multiple food vendors available during all four nights of music.

                If all these performances were not enough, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival also features one of the largest parades in northern New England Saturday July 16th at 1pm, an inflatable adventure park, bike rodeo, movie under the stars, car show, five Maine Potato Queen Pageants, numerous athletic competitions, ever-popular agricultural offerings including a potato picking competition, mashed potato wrestling, an antique tractor display and the first-ever International Tater Tot Eating Competition.  This new competition will crown champions in three categories, Men, Women and Youth who will compete to eat two pounds of tater tots the fastest.  For a full schedule of the more than 100 events planned during the Festival visit www.PotatoBlossom.org