Attractions Category: Western Lakes & Mountains
An outdoor concert in a stunning mountain venue – end of June.
The Kingfield POPS began in 2003 as a project of the Mt. Abram Economic Development Association (MAEDA) to bring tourists to the area in order to boost the local economy as well as provide a fun family event that would be of value to the local residents despite the downturn in our local economy. Loss of work in the forest products industry and the closing of several mills had put many people out of work. With a substantial tourist infrastructure and workforce that serves the area’s winter visitors, Kingfield and its surrounding communities were poised to host a summer tourist/resident population.
Organizers believed that a quality summer performance surrounded by the area’s natural scenic beauty would attract cultural tourists to the area and ultimately lead to new economic development opportunities. The group wished to build on area strengths, including its natural beauty and the already present tourism infrastructure from Farmington to Eustis. The ultimate goal was and remains to make this region an attractive site for new business and to generate an economic stimulus for all existing business via increased tourism and events. Developing the summer offerings means residents could work here full time and not have to relocate or travel to the coast for employment.