More summer fun on tap in Star City

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By Theresa Fowler
Chamber of Commerce

    Summer is winding down or so it is said. I think we must have lots of nice weather to come as we certainly haven’t had much yet. 

    This year with all of the weather issues affecting agriculture it is even more important that we buy local produce. The potatoes, beet greens, broccoli and other produce available from local growers all taste so good! This cool weather might even encourage you to can or freeze produce while it is at its peak. Our local grocery stores have a nice assortment of School Farm produce and the school farm store is open daily except Sunday.
    Plans for the Northern Maine Fair are done and we are just waiting for the gates to open. We are receiving calls from people wanting to attend the Fair and looking for information. It is always exciting to know that people are returning for another year. One lady can’t wait to get here to shop!
    Even though shopping may not be their primary motive for coming to the area, fair-goers will be visiting our businesses, eating in our restaurants and staying at our hotels, cabins and campgrounds. Part of the appeal is the friendliness with which they are received. The Fair Board has done a great job this year bringing in new activities. The program is full this year and offers a variety that should please everyone. Fair booklets are available here at the Chamber office. The information center is open 24 hours a day, so it is a convenient place to pick up local and travel information.
    Music in the Park has started again! This impressive program offers something on Sunday afternoon that is free and allows us to enjoy being outside. The performances run from 1-4 on Sunday afternoon at Riverside Park in Presque Isle. The lineup of entertainers is: July 26, Shamou – Persian drummer and percussionist; Aug. 2, Pat Pepin Band – blues; and August 9, The Travis Cyr Project – folk/rock/jazz.
    If you are interested in something more physical try hiking Haystack or Quaggy Jo Mountain in Aroostook State Park. The high ground certainly offers a new appreciation for the majestic beauty of the region. They are nice hikes that offer a little challenge and are not too far away.
    The Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, Aug. 15 is going to be great. We have a large number of participants registered plus the Anah Shrine Temple units will be here. The Veterans will be joining us thanks to Galen Cole. If you haven’t registered to participate yet, please let us know at the Chamber office. Washburn Days and the Crown of Maine will follow on the heels of the Fair.
    We ask that property owners that welcome balloons landing on their property can place white sheets on their property in the area that it is suitable for balloons to land. Land owners that receive balloons will be invited to a gathering at the PIACC office to meet the pilots and crew members. This is a new opportunity this year. We are looking forward to it!
    As part of the Balloon Festival there will be a city wide yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 29. If you are planning to have a yard sale at your house or office, please call us at the Chamber office (764-6561) so we can add your location to the master list we will produce for marketing purposes. There is definitely strength in numbers.
    We are looking for local performers to perform during the first two hours of the street fair. This is an opportunity to show off your talents and if you put down a hat or music case, you might get some tips!
    Key Bank is offering a balloon ride during the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest through a draw being offered at all of its branches until August 7. Key Bank is the “Title Sponsor” of the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest and has given away a balloon ride plus other items the past few years. You do not have to be a customer to enter and all Aroostook County branches have entry forms. This could be your chance to win a fabulous flight. Last year’s winner is still floating!
    Crown of Maine booklets are also available at the Chamber information center. Drop by and pick up what you need to help plan your activities in August.
    Have a great week!