With the Can-Am International Sled Dog races heralding the end of winter in the St. John Valley, local businesses are turning their eyes to ways they can attract visitors.

Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce

Businesses hope to attract people to this crossroads of trade, education and culture at the center of the Acadia of the Lands and Forests by sprucing up Fort Kent's Main Street with hanging baskets of flowers.

The Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce announced the start of the annual Adopt-a-Pot Program, which allows businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor the 64 colorful flower baskets that have become a welcome sight in the spring and summer.

According to Adopt-a-Pot committee member Robin Damboise of Northern Maine Medical Center, “After a long, cold winter, the warm weather and the pop of color will be refreshing.

Veteran adopt-a-pot organizer Susan Tardie said, “People will see more than 60 large hanging flowerpots very soon overflowing with beautiful floral arrangements in the Fort Kent downtown area."

The Fort Kent Public Works Department will hang the baskets, which the staff of Pelletier Florist will make, on streetlights along West and East Main Street. The popular program operates on a first-come-first-served basis, so persons interested in sponsoring the $40 baskets need to move fast by contacting the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce at 834-5354.

The deadline for sponsorships is Friday, April 29.

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