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Foliage Report for September 17, 2014

MAINE REPORTS GRADUAL CHANGE IN LEAF COLOR IN THE NORTH

Great Country Fairs This Weekend!

Augusta, ME (September 17, 2014) There is a hint of color in northern Maine as The Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry reports low 10 – 30% color change and very low leaf drop.

“We are right on target for a glorious fall foliage season, said Gale Ross, Fall Foliage Coordinator for Maine. “With the low leaf drop we anticipate that the northern part of the state will soon be a tapestry of beautiful colors,” she added.

For more information visit the state’s official foliage website www.mainefoliage.com and receive weekly reports by e-mails. Visitors and natives can share their photos of the riot of color throughout the state as the leaves gradually change. For information about the fall foliage ranger-led hikes in state parks and public lands visit www.maine.gov/dacf/fallfoliagehikes.

Now is the time to plan a trip to beautiful Aroostook County in northern Maine for a ringside seat to experience sensational fall foliage. Aroostook is so big that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island. Aroostook State Park offers hiking trails that provide great views from atop Quoggy Jo Mountain. http://www.visitaroostook.com

While waiting for the leaves to change, there is still plenty to do in Maine this weekend. Maine’s Lakes and Mountains Region is a wonderland of hiking and biking trails. The 17th Annual Harvest Fest & Chowdah Cook-off takes place in Bethel on September 20th complete with scarecrows and harvest decorations as well as an arts & crafts festival, a farmer’s market, forest-products mill tours, a 50-mile scenic bike tour and the famous Chowdah Cook-off. Location: Bethel Village. Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information: www.bethelmaine.com.

Or travel up to Unity between Waterville and Bangor for the popular Common Ground Country Fair held from Friday, September 19th through Sunday, September 20th. The fair boasts a great farmers’ market, crafts and folk arts, Indian basketmakers, and entertainment on the Maine Folk Traditions stage. Participate in a 5K foot race, enjoy sheep dog demonstrations, and watch a draft horse show. This annual celebration of rural living and organically grown Maine produce also offers some of the best festival food in Maine. http://www.mofga.org/theFair

For a complete list of activities and events in Maine this fall visit www.visitmaine.com.

Week of September 17, 2014
Zone Number Color Change Leaf Drop
7 Low Very Low
6 Low Very Low
5 Very Low Very Low
4 Very Low Very Low
3 Very Low Very Low
2 Very Low Very Low
1 Very Low Very Low

Foliage Zones

Zone 7: Northeastern Maine, including Fort Kent, Caribou, and Presque Isle

Zone 6: Northwestern Maine

Zone 5: Western Mid-Maine, including Greenville, Rangeley, Bethel

Zone 4: Eastern Mid-Maine, including Houlton, Millinocket, and Calais

Zone 3: Central and Southwestern Maine, including Bangor, Augusta, and Fryeburg

Zone 2: Downeast Maine, including Machias, Bar Harbor, and Penobscot Bay

Zone 1: Mid-Coast and South Coastal Maine, including Camden, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Kittery