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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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With spring just around the corner, the Town of Fort Fairfield is looking for volunteers to help man the town’s pump house during ice-out on the Aroostook River.  The right candidates for this temporary, paid volunteer position need only a little mechanical inclination, some free time on their hands come April, and a willingness to learn how to operate the pumps that are part of the flood prevention infrastructure along Main Street.

            Ideally, volunteers need to be available to work up to an eight hour shifts on an on-call basis from late March through the end of April and will be compensated for their time and effort.  Shorter shifts may develop based on the volunteer pool.  The physical requirements are minimal and the right candidates will be trained to check the river flow gauges and operate the pumps when the water reaches flood stage.

            For more information or to volunteer, please contact the Fort Fairfield Town Office at 472-3800.

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