Settled in 1828, Presque Isle (French for “almost an island”) is the largest city in Aroostook County and serves as the trade and retail hub for many in the region. The Presque Isle area was founded on the lumber industry; people from around the world were drawn to Presque Isle’s lush forests. During the end of the 19th century, industry in the region changed and became more focused on agriculture. Over the last century the county focused its agriculture on growing potatoes, becoming one of the leading potato producers in the country. Presque Isle is also known for its culture contributions. From launching pilots during World War II and the Korean War, to leading the nation in transatlantic flight. On August 11, 1978, the Double Eagle II launched from Presque Isle and successfully earned a place in history as the first successful transatlantic balloon crossing. In honor of the Double Eagle II’s fateful flight, the city holds an annual celebration called “The Crown of Maine Balloon Festival.” The region is host to many festivals, fairs, and celebrations during all four seasons, from the annual Dog Sled races in Fort Kent, the Maine Potato Blossom Festival in Fort Fairfield, Acadian Festival in Madawaska, to Houlton’s Riverfront Harvest Festival.
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