10th Annual Future Promises Career Fair in Machias 

Hundreds of students from Downeast headed to the University of Maine at Machias for a day all about their future.

It’s the tenth year that Machias Savings Bank has held its Future Promises career fair for elementary students in the region.

“This year is our biggest one yet. We have 915 students attend, and what happens, they visit all the different exhibitors and get, kind of, some ideas about what they’d like to do when they grow up,” said Lucille Bragg, with Machias Savings Bank and career fair organizer.

The kids even got to see what it’s like to be a TV5 photographer and reporter.

Students can submit an essay about what they’ve learned at the fair.

“We select twenty winners and they’ll each get a $250 prize this year at a banquet in May,” said Bragg.

Organizers say the event is all about options.

“I think in rural areas, students don’t always know what available to them. So, we try to give them an idea that, yes, I can become a dentist. Or, yes, I can become a cameraman, or a reporter, I could work at a bank, I could be a florist. I can do whatever I want,” said Bragg.