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Craft fair and Christmas tree lighting set to ignite holiday spirit in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Christmas spirit will be in full effect in the Fort Kent community next weekend when the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce 39th annual Arts and Crafts Fair returns to town, along with the annual Christmas tree lighting. 

The chamber co-sponsors the events with Fort Kent Lions Club.

Close to 100 vendors catered to the shopping needs of nearly 2,000 people over the weekend during the 38th annual Arts and Crafts Fair in 2018 at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sport Center.
(Morgan Mitchell)

The craft fair will have 120 spaces at the University of Maine at Fort Kent Sport Center where vendors will offer gifts for sale in the form of food products, such as baked goods, candies and canned jams, handcrafted wearables including hats and mittens, home and holiday furnishings and decor, wood-crafted items, skin care products, toys, games and more.

The chamber will give out  giving out coupon books with 32 coupons from member businesses as part of the Small Business Saturday event in the Greater Fort Kent area that weekend. Shoppers can take a break between perusing items at the craft fair to enjoy lunch items or snacks from Whistle Stop restaurant, which will be at the event as well.

Santa hands 21-month-old Charly Theriault a pink Christmas stocking as sister Taylor Thornton holds her during the Fort Kent Tree Lighting celebration in 2018 in front of the public library Saturday night.
(Morgan Mitchell)

Also that weekend, the public is invited to attend the annual lighting of the town Christmas tree at the Fort Kent Public Library.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa will make an appearance at that tree lighting and pass out gifts to children. Hot chocolate will be available to warm all who take part in the merriment. 

The craft fair will be held 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

Jodi Guy (left), owner of The Funny Farm, and her daughter Abigail sell baked goods and crafts they created at the 37th Annual Fort Kent Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Abigail plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps to become a baker.
(Jessica Potila)

Admission is $2 for those ages 13 and older with no cost to children ages 12 and under. 

The Christmas tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and has no admission charge. The gifts and hot chocolate are also free. 

An item catches 19-month-old Rosie Kenneson’s attention and she points it out to her mother, Katie Kenneson, at the 37th Annual Fort Kent Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.
(Jessica Potila)

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