Folks in Fort Kent and beyond look forward to them all year – the Can Am Crown International Sled Dog Races. And they’re just about a week away. This year though, the races overlap with the biathlon world championships being held in Presque Isle — and so Can-Am President Beurmond Banville says spectators will have to make a decision.
“Do they go to the biathlon Saturday morning or do they come up north to see the sled dog races Saturday morning, so I’m sure we’ll lose some spectators from Central Aroostook,” said Banville.
Banville isn’t too concerned about losing folks to the biathlon – he says he’s mainly hoping for good weather. With almost 60 teams signed up this year, they’re well ahead of last year.
“It just makes for more teams for these fans to cheer for,” he said.
Come next weekend, Main St. in Fort Kent is going to be lined with spectators – Banville says they’re expecting at least 5 thousand people to come out to see the races.
“That’s more than the population of the town of Fort Kent,” said Banville.
Restaurants like Rock’s Family Diner are getting prepared for a big boost in business.
Laura Plourde, waitress and cook at Rock’s Diner says, “people from all over come and sometimes we have lines out the door waiting for people to come eat.”
And with the sled dog races in Eagle Lake being cancelled earlier this year – this is folks only opportunity to see races in Northern Maine in 2014.
“They gotta come here if they wanna see some sled dog racing and sled dog racing is one exciting sport,” says Banville.
This is the 22nd year of the races.