Different Look For Crown of Maine Balloon Festival Amid Pandemic
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - The sky in Aroostook County usually looks a little different around this time of year. Since the mid 2000′s The Crown of Maine Balloon festival has decorated the sky with colorful balloons. But in light of COVID-19, things this year aren’t quite the same. News Source 8′s Cam Smith explains.
“Definitely is not a normal year.”
The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted The Crown of Maine Balloon Festival forcing the committee to adapt and make changes to the event.
“Of course there have been challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. At first we were hoping we could have the festival, then we canceled the festival, then we did a modified event. We have a 15 person volunteer committee that puts this whole thing together and they’ve all made it really easy to figure it out. Community partnerships like the Presque Isle Farmers market, where we are now, to showcase what already is happening and what makes our community great and get new people out here.”
Despite not having balloons in the air this year, Jordyn Madore, Co-Chair of the festival’s committee says other events have been put in place to help make up for that.
“When people think crown of Maine balloon festival obviously they think of hot air balloons. But every year we have a bunch of stuff on the ground for people to do as well, so that hasn’t changed. We had a movie night last night just like we would on a normal Friday, we have a concert later on this weekend like we would at the festival.”
Masks and social distancing were required at each event, and for Madore she says that people have cooperated.
“The community has been great. Almost everyone was wearing masks, they all stayed in their own little sections and socially distanced, and everyone really respected the new rules which is great.”
Organizers are glad they were able to still bring people together, but they hope next year things will be back to normal and they’ll be able to let tradition take flight once again. Cam Smith, News Source 8.
The Presque Isle Fire Department BBQ and concert by the Star City Syndicate has been moved to Sunday in anticipation of much needed rain.
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