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The Arootsakoostik music festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary this weekend

The Arootsakoostik music festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary this weekend

NEW SWEDEN, Maine – A Maine music festival that began with an Aroostook musician will celebrate a milestone this Saturday.

On July 13th, Arootsakoostik will once again present a lineup of talented musicians at Thomas Park in New Sweden.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the festival, which was started in 2007 by Aroostook folk musician Travis Cyr. Because the festival was canceled in 2017, 2020 and 2021, 2024 is the 15th year, Cyr said.

Cyr grew up near Van Buren and now lives in New Sweden. He founded the festival as a way to bring Maine’s most popular and diverse artists to Aroostook. Previous acts have included The Mallett Brothers Band and the Ghosts of Paul Revere, as well as other folk, rock and bluegrass musicians.

Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., will feature Cyr, Madawaska native Dominic Lavoie and his psychedelic rock band Full-On Voltron, former Ghosts frontman Griffin William Sherry, bluegrass band Tricky Britches, Portland band Rigometrics, Portland Americana band Dark Hollow Bottling Company, Liberty native Sara Trunzo, Caribou native Emily Irving, Americana-country duo Jaded Ravins and Portland indie rock artist Jeff Beam.

Early weather forecasts predict a 30 percent chance of precipitation, but Cyr said the festival would be canceled only if thunderstorms occurred. Temperatures could reach 85 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Caribou.

“We won’t let the weather spoil our fun,” Cyr said. “We’ll prepare for any rain or extreme heat that comes our way.”

Doors open at 11 a.m., and tickets will be $30 each. Children under 10 are free, according to the festival’s Facebook page. Several county food trucks — The Sizzle Shack, Fork in the Road, Cheri’s Wiener Wagon, Harper’s Brain Freeze and Storiboard Coffee — will be selling food and drinks throughout the afternoon.