Aroostook Outdoor News: 7.16.15 edition

#LoveSummer: So much to do! #GetOutside #BeActive #LoveNature #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) 7 awesome outdoor events at the #MainePotatoBlossomFestival in #FortFairfield. 2) Count loons in your area with #MaineAudobon. 3) Looking for #SomethingDifferent? Take the kids to #MickeyFinn Day in Weston. Plus lots more! #offugo…

Thursday, July 16
Potato Blossom Festival Baby & Bike Parade, Fort Fairfield
Bring your decorated bikes, helmets, wagons, or strollers! Registration: 6:30 p.m. at Cary Adventure Park at FFHS Athletic Complex. Bike Parade start: 7:00 p.m. at FF Elementary School entrance, Brunswick Ave. Contact Fort Fairfield Chamber (207-472-3802) FMI

Friday, July 17
Potato Blossom Festival Bike Rodeo, Fort Fairfield
9:00 a.m. at CP Station Park. For kids ages 12 and under. Bring your bike and join in the fun! Visit www.fortfairfield.org FMI

Saturday, July 18
2015 Maine Audubon Loon Count Project, Statewide
Be a citizen scientist; go to your favorite lake or pond to count loons and help protect them and their lake habitat. The count occurs between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.; the early morning provides an excellent snapshot of our loon population. Contact Susan Gallo (207-781-2330 x216) or sgallo@maineaudubon.org FMI

Saturday, July 18
Centreville SummerFest 5k Run/Walk, Centreville, NB
Registration: 8:00 a.m. at Centreville Community School. Race start: 8:30 a.m. Cost: $20. Each participant receives t-shirt; awards given in each category; refreshments served immediately following race. Contact Andrea Callahan (506-276-3671) or clerk@aernet.ca FMI

Saturday, July 18
Potato Blossom Festival 5-Miler, Fort Fairfield
Registration: 7:30 a.m. across from Hillside IGA, Main St. Walk start: 8:30 a.m. Run start: 9:00 a.m. Cost $15; includes t-shirt to first 70 registrants. Contact Paul Lamoreau (207-764-6517) FMI

Saturday, July 18
Potato Blossom Festival Chris Clark Bike Stunt Show, Fort Fairfield
Breathtaking display of balance and agility, message about why a drug-free lifestyle is crucial for reaching potential. Shows at 4:00, 5:30, 7:00 p.m. at Acadia Medical Supply parking lot, Main St. Sponsored by Healthy You, Power of Prevention. Contact Mark Shea mshea@carymed.org FMI

Saturday, July 18
2nd Annual Woodie Wheaton Land Trust Mickey Finn Day, Weston
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Rideout’s Lodge. Youth ages 3-15 learn outdoor skills at interactive stations, participate in activities, with great prizes. Rain or shine. Cost: FREE; includes hot dog lunch Contact WWLT (207-448-3250) or info@woodiewheaton.org FMI

Sunday, July 19
Potato Blossom Festival Spud Cycle Classic, Fort Fairfield
25-mile, 12-mile (ages 13-15) events. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at FF Community Center. Race start: 10:00 a.m. at FF Public Library. Cost: $15; includes t-shirt to first 50 registrants. Contact Tom Towle (207-472-3882) or ttowle@fortfairfield.org FMI

Sunday, July 19
Potato Blossom Festival Floatilla of Fun, Fort Fairfield
Bring your kayaks and canoes; join us on the Aroostook River for an afternoon of floating, fun, serenity, many opportunities to enjoy wildlife. 2:00 p.m. at Forbes Landing, 6 mi. north of Fort Fairfield on Rt. 161. Cost: FREE! Contact Tom Towle (207-472-3882) or ttowle@fortfairfield.org FMI

Sunday, July 19
Potato Blossom Festival Chris Clark Bike Stunt Show, Fort Fairfield
Breathtaking display of balance and agility, message about why a drug-free lifestyle is crucial for reaching potential. Shows at 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 p.m. at Acadia Medical Supply parking lot, Main St. Sponsored by Healthy You, Power of Prevention. Contact Mark Shea mshea@carymed.org FMI

Monday, July 20-Tuesday, July 28
Maine Conservation Corps Scopan Public Lands Project, Chapman
Contact MCC at least one week ahead of time. Volunteers welcome for day time and overnight participation; must be at least 14 years of age. Contact Dylan Cookson, MCC Volunteer Coordinator (207-624-6092) or dylan.cookson@maine.gov FMI

Saturday, July 25
PI Historical Society Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour, Presque Isle
10:00 a.m.-Noon. This guided two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street, and covers over 30 historic sites and individuals. Fee: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Contact Kim Smith (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2
Nordic Trail Festival, Presque Isle
Nordic Heritage Sport Club hosts a celebration of community, trails and lifestyle. Tackle the trails for a day of running or biking; relax and take part in various events. Enjoy live music, games, contests, food, racing, and the awesome trails of the Nordic Heritage Center. Visit www.nordictrailfestival.com FMI

Saturday, August 1
Coureur des Bois Triathlon, Edmundston, NB
Re-trace steps of French-Canadian woodsmen who ventured into the woods to trade for furs; racers carry a package from start to finish while canoeing, mountain biking, running. Contact Eric Carrier (506-740-0489) or eric.carrier@twinriverspaper.com or visit www.foirebrayonne.com/#!coureur-des-bois/chbe FMI

Saturday, August 1
Tim Horton’s Joe McGuire Road Race, Woodstock, NB
10k Run, 5k Run/Walk. Route is flat and fast along the beautiful St. John River. Registration: on-line only at www.atlanticchip.ca. Race start: 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Fire Station/Town Hall, 824 Main St. Contact Woodstock Recreation Dept. (506-325-4671) FMI

Saturday, August 1
Van Buren Class of 2018 Color the Valley 5k Run/Walk/Roll, Van Buren
Registration: 8:00 a.m. at St John Valley Health Center, 4 Main St. Cost: $30/pre-reg., $35/race day, FREE/kids 10 and under; first 100 paid registrants receive FREE shirt! Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/color-the-valley-5k-tickets-17067505368 FMI

Saturday, August 1
UMFK Summer Fun Run, Fort Kent
5k Run/Walk. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMFK Sports Center. Race start: 9:00 a.m. Contact Lucas Levesque (207-834-7876) or lucas.levesque@maine.edu FMI

Saturday, August 1
Island Falls Summer Fest 4k Walk/5K Run, Island Falls
Kids’ Run start: 8:45 a.m. Walk/Run start: 9:00 a.m. at Island Falls Municipal Building. Winners receive their choice of homemade pies and other delectable desserts. Cost: $12/pre-reg., $15/day of race; first 100 receive t-shirt. Contact John Walker (207-504-1456) or jswalkerinc@gmail.com FMI

Saturday, August 1
Brayons Cours Kids’ 1k, Edmundston, NB
Race start: 5:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Sports Experts, 33 Canada Rd., downtown Edmundston. For children 12 and under. Contact Daniel Violette dviolett@nbnet.nb.ca FMI

Sunday, August 2
Brayons Cours 10k, Edmundston, NB
Race start: 9:00 a.m. (Atlantic) at Palladium Arena in St. Jacques, NB. Other distances: 1k, 3k, 5k, 21.1k, 3k walk. Pre-register at www.inscriptionenligne.ca/brayons-cours. Technical t-shirt to first 200 registrations online. Light meal served after race. Contact Daniel Violette dviolett@nbnet.nb.ca FMI

Saturday, August 8
SFC Aaron Henderson Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Houlton
This is a cross country style race. Registration: 7:30 a.m. at Houlton Community Park. Presentation 8:30 a.m. Run/Walk start: 9:00 a.m. All proceeds to Wounded Warrior Project. Contact MACS Trading Post (207-521-4904) FMI

Saturday, August 8
County Open Half Marathon, Island Falls
Race start: 8:00 a.m. Meet at Island Falls Municipal Building. Contact John Walker (207-415-1688) or jswalkerinc@gmail.com FMI

*Saturday, August 8
Portage Lake Family Chub Tournament, Portage Lake
A fishing tournament to catch the most “trash fish.” No trout, salmon, frozen fish allowed. Registration: 7:00 a.m. at Duchette’s dock, 85 Hayward St. Derby: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Cost: $5; all reg. fees paid out in prizes; 1st: 50% of entry fees, 2nd: 30%, 3rd: 20%. Contact Larry Duchette (207-435-4361) FMI

*Wednesday, August 12 and Saturday, August 22
Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. Firearms Hunter Safety Course, Houlton
Maine DIF&W Hunter Education: more than gun safety. Taught by trained, certified instructors; students receive course handbook, outdoor survival info, more. Course includes lectures and demonstrations, field experiences, and written exam. Contact Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. (207-521-3100, x5) FMI

Saturday, August 15
Mars Hill Mountain Challenge, Mars Hill
10:00 a.m. at Bigrock Mountain Ski Area. 5k course with plenty of elevation gain; natural and man-made obstacles. Register as an individual, then create a 4-person team if interested. Open to ages 15+; recommended for ages 18+. Cost: $65. Contact Ryan Guerrette (207-227-8165) or ryanguerrette@bigrockmaine.com FMI

Saturday, August 15
6th Annual Crossing of Lake Pohénégamook Swim Race, Pohénégamook, QC
This event attracts many renowned swimmers. 2k, 8.5k distances. 2k race start: 12:00 p.m. at Municipal Beach Pohénégamook, 50 Tête-du-Lac Street. 8.5k race start: 1:00 p.m. (all times Eastern). Cost: FREE! Contact Dany Plourde (418-859-2222 ext 105) or visit www.pohenegamook.net/tourisme FMI

Sunday, August 16
25th Annual Tour de la Vallee, Fort Kent
Ride, walk, or run on a grand tour of the St. John Valley. Bike 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles, or walk/run 3, 5, or 10 miles. Fully supported; rest stops, medical, mechanical. Cost: $30/individual, $60/family. Supports local cancer patients and families. Visit www.nmmc.org/biketour FMI

Sunday, August 16
Butte du Bonhomme Blanchet Hiking Trip, Rivière-Bleue, QC
1:30 p.m. at Les Chevaliers des Frontières Snowmobile Club, Saint-Elzéar Road. 1k path leads to viewpoint oriented towards Border Route; 240 degree panorama, view of the state of Maine in backdrop. Contact Marielle Landry Telephone (418-893-2649) FMI

*Saturday, August 22
Baxter Outdoors/Katahdin Woods & Waters Wild Maine Weekend 10k, Shin Pond
Registration: 8:30 a.m. at Matagamon Gatehouse. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Cost: $25. Course weaves through pristine KWW Recreation Area, hugging Penobscot East Branch; mostly dirt logging roads. Evening fun, food, entertainment at Shin Pond Village following race. Visit www.baxteroutdoors.com FMI

*Saturday, August 22
UMPI/Wintergreen Arts Center Color Presque Isle 5k, Presque Isle
The run drops colored powder on runners throughout the course; dress in white and let us supply the color! Race start: 9:00 a.m. at Riverside Park. Cost: $30/before 8/1; $40/after 7/31; free/under 10. Contact Wintergreen Arts Center (207-762-3576) or visit www.umpi.edu/colorpresqueisle5k FMI

*Saturday, August 22
Guided Walking Tour of Historic Downtown, Presque Isle
10:00 a.m.-Noon. Led by Presque Isle Historical Society, this guided two-hour, two-mile tour begins and ends at the 1875 Vera Estey House Museum, 16 Third Street. Cost: FREE; $2 donation suggested. Tour cancelled in inclement weather. Contact PIHS (207-762-1151) or visit www.pihistory.org FMI

Ongoing Programs:

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Road Bike Ride, Fort Kent
Sundays; 8:00 a.m. behind Irving on Main St. June-September. Rides last 2+ hours and range 20-40 miles. All riders welcome. Come join the fun and experience some great rides. Contact Norm Martin njmartin@fairpoint.net FMI

Sunday Saunter Running Group, Presque Isle
Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Contact Jonathan Kelley competitorme@gmail.com FMI

Guided Bootlegger Trail Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC
Sundays; fourth Sunday/month at the end of Chemin Brissette at Pied-du-Lac (Long Lake). The Rivière-Bleue Appalachian Hiking Club invites visitors to get acquainted with The Bootlegger trails, which will connect you with exceptional nature, islands, animal, and a magical setting. Cost: Free! Contact Marielle Landry (418-893-2649) or info1@routedesfrontieres.com FMI

NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or tom@bikeboardandski.com FMI

MOJO Monday Meander, Presque Isle
Mondays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Easy road bike group ride. Average speed: 14-18 mph for 22 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or info@mojooutdoorsports.com FMI

Walking Group, Caribou
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 6:00 p.m. at Downtown Mall parking lot. Open to the public; weather permitting. A good way to exercise and meet new friends. Contact Pauline or Renee (207-492-2079) evenings FMI

Tuesday Track Workouts, Caribou
Tuesdays; 5:15 p.m. at CHS. Join runners of all abilities to do predetermined intervals, your own workout, or just run with others and forget the workout. Average distance: 5-9 miles; can be adapted per individual. Contact PJ Gorneault pgorneault@rsu39.org FMI

Jessome’s Friendly Group Road Bike Ride, Edmundston, NB
Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Jessome’s parking lot. Different routes/distances from 30k to 60k! Average speed: 25-30 kmh. Contact Marc-André Martin (506 735-6292) FMI

NHSC Women’s Trail Night, Presque Isle
Tuesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Lodge. May-June. Leaders will take you on hiking, trail running, and mountain biking adventures; beginner and intermediate groups. Equipment rentals available. Visit www.nordicheritagecenter.com FMI

River Valley Runners Tuesday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Tuesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

Perception of Aroostook Guided Aroostook River Tour, Presque Isle
Wednesdays; 4:30 p.m. at Perception of Aroostook, 9 Caribou Rd. Paddle Washburn to Presque Isle; bird watching, lessons, relaxation! 2.5-4 hours. Shuttle Fee: $10; Kayak rental and shuttle: $35. Contact Leo Freeman (207-764-5506) FMI

NHSC Group Mountain Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center Fort Road trailhead. 8-12 miles. All abilities welcome. Happy to show visitors our amazing trail system. Contact Tom Chasse (207-694-5222) or tom@bikeboardandski.com FMI

MOJO Good Times Ride, Presque Isle
Wednesdays; 6:00 p.m. at MOJO Outdoor Sports. Moderate road bike group ride. Average speed: 15-18 mph for 20-30 miles. Contact Mark Fullen (207-760-9500) or info@mojooutdoorsports.com FMI

FKOC Outdoor Fun Night, Fort Kent
Wednesdays; 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Paintball, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Hiking, Road Biking. All ages, abilities welcome. Programming will depend on requests of participants. Come out and let us know how you would like to participate! Contact Fort Kent Outdoor Center (207-834-6203) FMI

Village of Perth-Andover Walk in the Park, Perth-Andover, NB
Wednesdays; 6:30–7:30 p.m. (Atlantic) at Perth-Andover Bandstand; weather permitting. Visit www.perth-andover.com FMI

River Valley Runners Thursday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Thursdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

Bike Board and Ski Road Bike Ride, Presque Isle
Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. at BB&S rear entrance behind Northeastland Hotel. 25-35 miles; 1.5-2 hours. Pace: moderate to fast; 16-18 mph early season, 18-20 mph mid-season. Contact Andrew Bouchard (207-551-7027) or andrew@bikeboardandski.com FMI

River Valley Runners Saturday Fun Run, Woodstock, NB
Saturdays; 8:30 a.m. (Atlantic) at Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, 220 King Street. Distance: 5k. Pace: Easy. Have fun and share the joy of running! Visit www.facebook.com/groups/rvrunnersnb FMI

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