Can-Am Crown International Dog Sled Races
Winter in the Valley can’t be rivaled, and one of the largest events is the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race held annually, in March. The event is spectator friendly, with the start of the race beginning on Main Street in Fort Kent. It is nationally-recognized, and is a qualifying race for mushers wishing to compete in the famous Iditarod race held in Alaska.
For more info: can-am.sjv.net
In summer, the Ploye Festival is a highlight for residents and visitors alike. (A ploye is a buckwheat pancake that is a staple in many of the Acadian homes of the area.) In addition to many other activities surrounding the festival, Fort Kent now holds the title to the World’s Largest Ploye. Each year it is made in front of hundreds of spectators. The 12 foot in diameter marvel is tasty, too. When it is all cooked, it is covered in butter, making a nice treat for all the on-lookers.
The Muskie Derby is the newest annual event in Fort Kent, and the sheer nature of it draws a large crowd and interest. The muskellunge is not a fish native to the area, but it has gained much respect and provides a great challenge to the anglers who attempt to brave catching these giants.
For more information about ployes: ployes.com
For more information about the International Muskie Derby: fortkent-muskie.com
A whimsical, fun-filled event is the Scarecrow Festival. It is held each year in the fall to celebrate harvest, foliage, and of course, scarecrows. It is a lot of fun for families, and is a time when many return home to enjoy the festivities.Biathlon events
The Fort Kent area and other venues in the United States (including Lake Placid) take turns hosting biathlon events as part of the World Cup circuit. The last event was held February 10-13, 2011.
For more information about upcoming biathlon events: 10thmtskiclub.org
There are many other events that happen in Fort Kent throughout the year. For such a small town, it is amazing how much big time fun people have when they are here. See the list below for all the programs throughout the year. You can call the Chamber office at (207) 834-5354 for further details on these events or visit us on-line at: www.fortkentchamber.com. Have an event we forgot to list? Contact us and let us know!
Activities that can be done in the Greater Fort Kent Area:
• Alpine Skiing
• Canoeing & Kayaking
• Ice Fishing
• Nordic Skiing
• Take in a Movie
• Tubing Down the Fish River
• Visit Fort Kent’s Historic Sites
• Wildlife Excursions