BANGOR – Bangor has played host to numerous events over the years.
A few to note the senior league world series games and the widely popular American Folk Festival.
Now, the Queen City is tossing their name in the hat and is among three other locations for an Emergency First Responders Olympic type competition.
It’s over four years away–but Bangor could soon be the spot for the 2020 Canadian-American Police Fire Games.
“And we saved the best for last, so we are here in Bangor–so we are here for four days to see what all Bangor has to offer in regards to venues, social events, meeting the people and volunteers.” Bill Merrylees, President, Ceo Can-Am Federation
The games last for eight days and is comprised of 40 different sports some reflecting life out in the field and others for more leisurely sports.
The can-am police fire games federation receives nine to ten proposal, for the event held every two years before dwindling the number down to four finalists much of that hinges on the support from local law enforcement and firefighters
“It is important to us, it is important to law enforcement that we have these games here—and i can tell you with exact certainty, that regional and state law enforcement is ready to host these games in 2020.” Mark Hathaway, Chief Bangor Police
“Have people and firefighters come from away to share in this beautiful region from the coastlines to the mountains—to all the things that Maine has that make it so special.” Tom Higgins, Bangor Fire
As the site committee surveys Bangor and makes an analysis, they will compare to the potential sites in Lubbock, Texas; Saskuhtoon, Saskatchewan and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri the final decision largely a result of the amenities each city provides for facilities and more
“Part of the charm of our region quite honestly,what we have to offer, besides just the games, some offerings that people can visit during down times from the games.” Kerrie Tripp, Executive Director Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau
The 2016 games will be in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Representatives from each city will make a presentation in Las Vegas this fall hoping to seal their chances to bring home the games.