To date we have seven BBQ teams registered to compete in the Second Annual Maine State BBQ Championship. Winners earns points towards competing in the Kansas City BBQ Societies Annual Cook-off. We offer trophies and cash prizes in each category.
This year we have added a grilling and BBQ sauce contest, encouraging all backyard cooks to enter, display their special talents and have a great deal of fun doing so. We have also added a chili cook-off, giving participants a chance to spice up the day with their expertise in creating a flavorful pot of chili, guaranteed to warm us all up.
The eight bands we have scheduled to appear are Evergreen, Yankee Soul Revue, Doughty Hill, Midnight Flyer, Cambridge Community Orchestra, Union River Band, Katahdin Valley Boys, and Abbott Hill Ramblers. Lovers of Bluegrass will certainly enjoy the talents of these wonderful musicians.
The crafters and artisans are continuing to sign up for the two day event. We have approximately twenty commitments,, many returning from last year. This year we are requesting that all items be handcrafted. Since we have labeled ourselves a "heritage" festival, it seems appropriate that everything should be made by the exhibitor.
We are happy to have Matt Holland participate with his Flying Dutchman Paintball Gallery, the local Army recruiter with the climbing wall and the newly formed Highland Farm Products Promotional Group.
The Piscataquis Heritage Festival has the potential to become a significant event for this area. The committee that plans the festival continues to learn more about what the people want and are working towards making the Piscataquis Heritage Festival better each year.
Workers are still needed to help on the day of the festival. Support your Chamber and offer your services for a few hours, either on Saturday or on Sunday. Please call Dennis at 564-7533 and tell him when you will be available to help. All of this is to help make the Chamber more visible, which can only help to bring more people into our area, which in turn, brings more business for us all.
The Chamber is pleased and excited to add Channel 5 as the festival's sponsor. The goal of the festival is to improve local economy by bringing a regional wide audience to the area.
The Chamber believes that by emphasizing food and music the Piscataquis Heritage Festival will become one of northern New England's major festivals in the next five years. The Channel 5 sponsorship will go a long way towards helping us reach that goal.
Our other sponsors include: The Piscataquis Observer, Mayo Regional Hospital, Bangor Savings Bank, Dexter Credit Union, Penquis Rental, Penquis Higher Education Center, Maine's Best.com, and WDME Radio
The Chamber would like to thank these businesses for their help!
In 2002 the Chamber introduced the Chamber Gift Certificate as a pilot program in Dover-Foxcroft. This program proved more than successful with $3,000 in certificates being sold during the holidays.
In June of 2003 the SPCCC Board of Directors voted to expand the program throughout the Chamber's service area. The Chamber plans to have the Chamber Gift Certificates available in the fall of 2003.
The Chamber discovered in the Dover-Foxcroft pilot program that many companies purchased certificates to give to their employees during the holidays. In an effort to promote the sale of 2003 Chamber Gift Checks the Chamber has mailed a letter to all major employers in the region informing them of the prograin.
In order to take part in the gift certificate program the Chamber asks that a modest fee of $ 10.00 be paid to cover the printing and advertising expenses. The Chamber Gift Certificates will be available in tendollar ($10.00) denominations and will be available for sale locally with a list of participating businesses. These certificates will be redeemable at participating businesses for merchandise or services. Once a business has accepted a Chamber Gift Certificate, it simply contacts the Chamber office and we will reimburse you $10.00 for each certificate.
If there are any questions regarding this program please contact Dennis Lyford at 564-7533.
The Expo is important to our region because it exposes many people to the wide range of businesses in our area.
The Chamber would like to thank all of the businesses for their participation, the door prize donations from New England Outdoor Center, Moosehead Furniture and Bay Ferries Company.
We would also like to thank the volunteers who helped make the Expo a success.
The goal of the proposed snowmobile loop trail will be to attract snowmobilers to the region to ride a well defined and marked loop trail. It would use existing snowmobile trails, with links to all communities and snowmobile clubs who wish to take part in the loop project. The proposed loop would be shaped like a figure eight and would include the towns of Dexter, Charleston, Atkinson, Milo, Brownville, Brownville Jct., Monson, Abbott, Guilford, Sangerville, Sebec, and Dover-Foxcroft.
More information is available by contacting the Chamber office at 564-7533.
In Southern Piscataquis County the television show did a feature on Northwood Canoe Company in Atkinson, Lowe's Bridge in Guilford and Breakneck Ridge Farm in Blanchard. The film crew was impressed with our region. One of the cameramen remarked about Lowe's Bridge "it was like looking at a Norman Rockwell Painting".
The Maine Highlands Corporation Tourism Coalition, made up of nine regional organizations including the Southern Piscataquis County Chamber of Commerce, sponsored the film.
The Week End Explorer Show featuring Maine Highlands is expected to air to a national audience in February of 2004 on most Public Television stations.
Discount Mattress & Furniture
A.E. Robinson Oil
Green Door Gallery
Down Home B&B
Milo Farmers Union
Peaks Kenny Motor Lodge
Town of Milo
Town of Monson
Breakneck Ridge Farm
Town of Guilford
Mainly Rent to Own
Nelson Guest Rooms
Eastern Main Healthcare
Bangor Daily News
Snows AG and Saw Shop
Covered Bridge Restaurant & Motel
Trebor Manion Inn
Bob's Sugar House
Lary Funeral Home
North Country Properties
Pleasant River Lumber
Bailey Lumber Co.
Chase & Kimball
George Howard and Co.
Bangor Savings Bank|
Skowhegan Savings Bank
Ellen DeWitt Real-estate
Hill Top Manor
Town & Country Realtors
Town of Brownville
Town of Sangerville
Mid Maine Historical Society
Judy Craig Consulting
Mallet Real Estate
Penquis Valley Company
Lake Shore House
Foxcroft Golf Course
Piscataquis Democratic Party
Mayo Regional Hospital
Tillson True Value
United Kingfield Bank
Dover True Value
Eaton Peabody Attorneys
Sebec Village Shops
New England Outdoor Center
Mid Maine Home Inspection Inc.