Houlton, Maine, celebrates its bicentennial in 2007 

From the Houlton Chamber of Commerce web site (http://www.greaterhoulton.com)


Houlton enters its third century valuing the past while planning for the future. When the first settlers, Joseph Houlton and John Putnam, began their settlement near the Meduxnekeag River, they could have no idea of what would become a thriving town; a town that in the early 1900s could boast  of having more millionaires per capita than anywhere in the country. Built on the forestry, potato and rail industries, Houlton was and is an important northern Maine community and the Shiretown (County Seat) for Aroostook County.

Today the community, with its beautiful Victorian homes, the Boy with the Leaking Boot Fountain Statue and the unique Registered Historic Market Square District (built 1885-1910), is undergoing a renaissance. People are moving back to Houlton because of its quality of life and being a great place to raise children. Older people are returning to Houlton, attracted by the relative simplicity and peace of the area. People “from away” have discovered that Houlton is a gem, waiting to be discovered and enjoyed.

 Here are some of the town's bicentennial events:

  • McGill’s Community Band Concert (every Thursday night in Monument Park thru August 23) In the event of rain, concerts will be cancelled. Starts June 14.

  • Soap Box Derby at Community Park - June 23 & 24

  • Midnight Madness -  July 3rd (Theme is Pioneer Days.)

  • July 4th Parade & Fireworks

  • Houlton Agricultural Fair - July 4th - 8th (Details.)

  • July Arts and Craft Fair -  July 7th

  • McGill’s Community Band Concert
    in Monument Park - August 16th

  • Antique Road Show  - August 17th  (tentative)

  • Potato Feast Days – Aug. 18-19th (Bicentennial Celebration)

  • August Arts and Crafts Fair – Aug 18th

  • Shriners Parade - August 18th

  • Quilt Show at Houlton Elk’s Club 10 am to 4 pm on Fri. and Sat.
    12 pm to 4 pm Sun.

  • Kids Day at Community Park with old fashion games - August 18th

  • Kid’s Movie Matinee at Temple Theatre - August 18th & 19th

  • Historical Re-enactment - August 18th & 19th

  • Park Picnic & Music August 18th & 19th

  • Candidates Forum – Oct. 24th

  • Holiday Light Parade – Nov. 24th