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‘Where’s Waldo?’ comes to Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Throughout the month of July, community members and visitors can participate in a fun town-wide event: Where’s Waldo? in the Fort Kent area, hosted by Bogan Books.

“Many people may remember scouring intricate drawings to find Waldo when they were a kid,” said Heidi Carter, owner of Bogan Books. “This event allows people to hunt for Waldo on a larger scale and enjoy much of what the community has to offer.”

Although this is the first year the store will host the event, this is the eighth year of the Find Waldo Local event nationwide. Candlewick Press, a children’s book publisher based in Somerville, Mass., has partnered with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) for the month-long promotion, designed to boost local businesses, highlight communities, encourage summer reading, and engage community members in the “shop local” movement.

Carter says the Where’s Waldo? in the Fort Kent area has been possible not only with ABA funding but due to local business sponsorships.  

 “The American Booksellers Association offers wonderful opportunities to help us support and enrich our communities, but the community of Fort Kent is very supportive as well. The businesses have been energetic and positive about the event right from the start. I am so happy to have the opportunity to host an event that is all about the community working together to provide a fun activity for the young and the young at heart,” said Carter.

In order to join in the fun, community members and summer vacationers can stop by any participating business to pick up a Find Waldo Local passport and guide. Small Waldo standees are hidden in 23 locations with visits to the Fort Kent Blockhouse and the America’s First Mile monument awarding a completed entry. Participants are encouraged to find Waldo at all locations.

Once participants have their passports completed, they are directed to return them to the bookstore to have a chance of winning prizes at the final “Shin Dig” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27. The Shin Dig is the last day of the event to allow participants time to visit all locations at their convenience.

“Although the majority of our locations are in downtown Fort Kent, we also have a business in St. Agatha that is also participating,” said Carter. “The Fort Kent area is large geographically and sometimes people don’t realize all that there is up here. Where’s Waldo provides a reason for people to discover some of these gems.”

She added, “I have already had many participants tell me how much fun they have been having” — which, she said, is the largest measurement of success.

The Where’s Waldo? in the Fort Kent area event and the Shin Dig are free and there is no purchase necessary to participate. For more information and a complete list of the participating locations, visit: boganbooks.com/events.

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