American Folk Festival Begins in Bangor
The American Folk Festival is a Bangor tradition. The event chair, Rick Fornier said, “I want people to come out because of community, because of the food, because of the music, because of the weather, and because of friends and family.” Now in its 12th year, 800 volunteers help make the celebration of arts, music, and culture a reality. For foodies, it’s the feast of the summer. “You have a really great choice, you know, whether it be Indian or Italian or standard fair food or Greek, we have everything,” said Lee Speronis of the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau. Some craftsmen give back through their business. Bob Howe of Maine Guide Snowshoes and Furniture employs veterans. Not only that, he uses his resources to take them on hunting and fishing trips. “I come to the festival to sell some product to help me take more guys but also to recruit more vets that will come take advantage of our program. That’s what we’re really after here,” said Howe. Although admission is free, organizers ask for a $10 donation. They say this multicultural collection of attractions is the perfect way to bring neighbors together. “As everyone comes back to school, I think that’s what people really enjoy about this. You see a lot of friends and family you haven’t seen for quite a while and in some cases you haven’t seen since last year, so it’s a good time,” added Fornier.