15 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Aroostook County
The last weekend in June brings summer sun and temperatures in the mid-80's to Northern Maine. Stock up on cold drinks and enjoy some of these fun events:
Friday June 27
Mapleton Daze will be in full swing Friday evening. The Lions Club Barbecue kicks off at 4:30 at the Mapleton Elementary School parking lot. Homemade pies and homemade ice cream will be on sale. The Little League Tournament starts at 5:30 and runs through the evening. A children's costume parade begins at 6:00 with prizes in different age categories. Wendell Hudson and band will provide entertainment starting at 7:00. It's all capped off with a fireworks show at dusk.
Movie Night at Riverside Park in Presque Isle will get underway just after 9:00 Friday night. Hosted by the Presque Isle Police Department. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets and some snacks. The movie is 'Kangaroo Jack.' It's free and everybody's invited.
Saturday June 28
Saturday's Mapleton Daze events start at 7 a.m. with a hike to the top of Haystack to enjoy breakfast with a view. The parade down Main Street begins at 10 a.m. The Shine n' Show Classic Car Show is from 10 to 1. Ride the Amazing Gyroscope between 11 and 4 at the Mapleton Pool. (from G-Force Laser Tag) Wally & The Virginian will be performing at the Mapleton Pool from 8-11 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the music on a warm evening. Or don't bring a lawn chair and dance.
The Natural Resources Council of Maine is organizing a Birding Trip to Sherman on Saturday. They'll meet at 6:45 a.m. at Sandbank Campsite in Whetstone. Join the experts for a morning trip on proposed national park lands. The event is free. Bring binoculars and a bag lunch. Pre-registration is suggested. For more info., call the Natural Resources Council of Maine toll free at 800-287-2345.
The 2nd Annual Northern Aroostook County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Golf Tournament will be held Saturday at the Limestone Country Club. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. The entry fee is $120 for a 4-person team. An $8,000 cash prize for hole-in-one is sponsored by Griffeth Ford. If you have any questions, please call Rudy St. Peter at 834-3504.
The Presque Isle Historical Society is hosting a guided walking tour of historic downtown Presque Isle from 10 to noon on Saturday. The tour covers about two miles and begins and ends on Third Street in front of the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum. Suggested donation for the tour is $2 per person. The P.I. Historical Society is also offering a tour of the museum from 1-2:30 Saturday. Tickets are $2. For more information, call 762-1151.
The Maple Meadow Farm Festival is going on Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4. Watch unique demonstrations, draft team farming techniques and field work with antique tractors. Savor home-cooked food, and browse the work of fine artisans and collections of antiques. Live music throughout the weekend from local musicians. It is a true celebration of country camaraderie on a working farm, taking place at Maple Meadow Farms at 830 Mapleton Road in Mapleton.
Tri-Aroostook will be held Saturday on the University of Maine at Presque Isle campus. It's a U.S.A.T. sanctioned sprint distance triathlon for ages 16 and up. The event features a 525-yard swim in the indoor pool; a scenic 10 1/4 mile bike race; and a 5k off road run. For more info, go to CompetitorMe.com
School Union 122 will hold an "11 X 14 Art Auction" and Bean Hole Bean Supper Fundraiser at the Woodland School on Saturday. Supper starts at 4:30. Menu includes: Bean Hole Beans, hot dogs, rolls, salads, dessert and beverages. The cost is $8 (Seniors - $6. Children under 12 - $4). For more info, call: 498-8436.
The Fort Fairfield V-F-W post will be hosting a Benefit Potluck Supper for the family of the late Amanda Shrout on Saturday from 4 - 6pm. Serving will start at 5. The public is invited to attend and bring a dish to share. Prices for the meal are as follows: bring a dish to share, meal is $5. If to prefer to just come for the meal, the price is $10 per person.
There will be concert at the Mars Hill Bandstand (next to the Fire Station) from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Music is by the Wednesday Evening Fiddlers from Perth-Andover. All are welcome.
There will be an Oldies Concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Monument Park in Houlton featuring Randy Rockwell of Oakfield. Enjoy an evening of music from the 50′s and 60′s, along with some classic country and southern gospel.
Sunday June 29
The Farm Fest 5k Milk Run takes place in Mapleton beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. An easy-to-moderate 3.5-mile road race through beautiful farm country. Open to all ages. Cost is $20 ($10 for children under 12) Includes t-shirt (while supplies last), goodie bag, and finishing medal (cow’s ear tag). For more info, contact Jami Badershall firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fort Fairfield Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Boneless Ribs lunch at their council hall on Main Street in Fort Fairfield on Sunday from 11:30 to 2:00. The menu includes Boneless BBQ Beef or Pork Ribs, french fries, cole slaw, dinner roll and dessert with coffee, tea, and punch. Meals to-go will be available. A suggested donation of $8 per person would be appreciated. Net proceeds will help support the K of C sponsored seminarian with college expenses.
Sons of the American Legion Post 47 of Houlton will hold their 2nd Annual Skeet Shoot on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Maliseet Shooting Range. Entry fee is $20 per person and 12- and 20-gauge ammunition will be provided. First place prize is $200 cash and a $100 gift certificate from Keyes Trading Post; 2nd place is a $75 gift certificate and 3rd place a $25 gift certificate.
Clear, mild nights with a new moon will make for some ideal stargazing opportunities this weekend. So grab a telescope or just a blanket and enjoy the night sky in northern Maine away from the big city lights. There's no charge.