Instead of shoveling snow to the side of the road, volunteers and town crews will move it to downtown Millinocket Friday night for the annual snowmobile parade that kicks off the week-long Katahdin Area Winterfest Feb. 13-22 in northern Maine.
More than 100 snowmobiles, many of them vintage, will travel the mile or so from Stearns High School to the Veterans Memorial Park gazebo and back beginning at 6 p.m. The evening also will feature a bonfire with plenty of hot chocolate and fireworks to cap things off in the wintry shadows of Baxter State Park.
Besides the parade, another marquee event of the festival is the ski plane fly-in and antique snowmobile display on Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Millinocket Municipal Airport. Various other events planned in Millinocket and surrounding towns include poker runs, family movies and games, a documentary film screening, pancake breakfasts, and community suppers.
For more info, contact Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, 207-723-4443.
Posted by Marty Basch, Globe correspondent