Augusta, MAINE – The leaves in northern Maine will be moving towards peak conditions this upcoming Columbus Day weekend according to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. 

Maine foliage map“Peak color (85 percent) is spreading throughout the northern region (zones 6 and 7) with low leaf drop, but forest rangers are still reporting low to moderate color (30 percent to 50 percent) throughout the rest of the state. While we are seeing a lot of color along the I-295 corridor in zones 1 and 3, there is still a lot of green in the upper elevations and in the forest canopies along the highways and byways,” noted Gale Ross, fall foliage coordinator. “This is a spectacular weekend to get out and enjoy the varying contrasts of the reds, oranges, yellows and purples mingled in with the greens of the oak trees.”

There will be Leaf Peeper Concerts in Tenants Harbor and Wells this weekend. Bring a picnic beforehand and explore Wells Reserve, featuring the huge century-old Laudholm Farm barn on 2,250 acres of salt marsh and freshwater wetland. The concerts will feature works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Erwin Schulhoff performed by the DaPointe String Quartet

The 16th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship® will be held this weekend during Fall Festival at Sunday River. Teams will test their physical strength, agility and teamwork during this unique competition where the winning couple takes home the wife’s weight in beer, a cash prize and an entry into the World Championship in Finland. 

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Current Foliage Conditions