Downtown Street Fair
Just as the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest has been part of the summer fabric of activities in Presque Isle, the Street Fair has become the traditional kickoff of the balloon fest. Under the sponsorship of the Presque Isle Lodge of Elks #1954, has been time of fun, food and friendship. Starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m., downtown merchants and other organizations will join together for a terrific block party in the center of town. Main street will be closed for the many of activities that will include musical entertainment, children’s activities and other demonstrations. Everyone is invited.
Public Pilot and Crew Breakfast
For the second year, the Chapman Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club will host an excellent breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage, baked beans, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. The snowmobile club is well known for the terrific breakfast it serves. Various pilots and flight crews will attend the breakfast following their flights. It is time to meet and get to know the pilots while enjoying a hearty breakfast. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. The club is located in Chapman next to the town hall at 94 Town Road.
Youth Day at the Forum
Another growing tradition during the COMBF weekend is the Youth Day. The event is for children who are between 3 & 12 years of age. This is a free event and includes many games, jump houses and many treats. The Kiwanis Club of Presque Isle and Cary Medical Center along with Pines Health Services are the primary sponsors of Youth Day. Their goal is to continue to offer a variety of fun activities for kids. The Balloon Fest brings such excitement to the area and the sponsors hope to add to the excitement with a wide range of activities for children and their families. Youth Day will be held at the Form from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp 5K Balloon Fest Road Race
Aroostook Teen Leadership has held three successful 5K Race/Run/Walk Events. Last year it was held during the COMBF weekend and will be held again this year on Sunday morning of the COMBF. The race not only offers a chance for a healthy, active morning of competitive fun, but also raises money for a great local cause. Registration will start at 8:00 a.m. with the walkers starting at 9:15 a.m. with the Race and Run beginning at 10:00 a.m. There will be three race classes: under 12, 12018, and 18 years and older. Everyone is invited to participate in this event to help support the important work of the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp.
Pilot and Landowners Breakfast
The closing event of the COMBF is the Pilot and Landowners Breakfast. This is a public breakfast where landowners are thanked for their allowing COMBF pilots to land their balloons on their property. Also the volunteer crew members are thanked for their support of their assigned pilots. Without the volunteer crew members, the COMBF could not be held. The pilots are recognized and thanked for coming to Aroostook County for the COMBF. The breakfast will be held after the Sunday morning flights which are the last flights of the festival. The public is invited to the breakfast. The cost is $10 per person.
Antique Tractor Pulls
The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club is joining this year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Festival, offering some great additions to events at the Northern Maine Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 29. “We wanted to be a part of the festival both because it’s a great way to promote the agricultural heritage of the area, which is very important to us, and we wanted to help the festival grow,” said Cheryl Boulier. Thanks to that commitment, as well as the sponsorship of R.H. Foster Energy, there will be a busy afternoon of fun for the entire family that day.
Free tractor train rides will be offered around the fairgrounds from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The rides will begin and end near the Commercial Exhibition Building. The Agricultural Museum will also be open from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The museum was created in 2009 through a partnership with the club and the Northern Maine Fair Association. Located on the fairgrounds, the museum showcases various pieces of vintage farm equipment, tools and books. This is a great opportunity to come learn more about the agricultural heritage
The afternoon will also see a favorite activity in the area, tractor pulls. None of the tractors for the Antique Tractor Pull are newer than 1960. The pulls will begin at 1:00 p.m. and are expected to last for about four hours. There is no cost to watch the event.
For those who may have a tractor that they want to enter into the event, registration is from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants must be members of the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club (memberships are available the day of the pull) and have their insurance paid for 2015.
Established in 2008, the Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club is a family-oriented organization focused on the preservation of the region’s rural heritage and restoration of the “old” tractors, equipment and related items that were used in the farming industry by the past generations. Antique Tractor Club Brings Great Additions to the Festival: Tractor Pulls, Train Rides and Agricultural Museum Offered Saturday. They want to build an awareness of our agricultural heritage to present and future generations by showing these old tractors and equipment at work.
The Northern Maine Antique Tractor Club has grown to over 300 members from Fort Kent to Southern Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. The club offers something of interest to everyone from youth to adults, such as tractor pulling, demonstrations, plow days, tractor trek for charity, trade fairs, and community and family events. Come join in for this free, fun-filled afternoon for the whole family!
Color Presque Isle 5K Run/Walk/Crawl
Color Presque Isle 5K is a benefit event that combines fun, fitness, and the arts! Organizers are pleased to announce that the 4th annual 5K will take place Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9 a.m. Check out our links for guidelines, online registration (you can pay by credit card here), a printable registration form, and volunteer sign-up.
The 2016 event will kick off at Riverside Park in Presque Isle. Children under 10 are free! All proceeds support arts programming in downtown Presque Isle. Just come in white and we’ll add the color, County style!