During 1998, Otisfield celebrated it's Bicentennial. Festivities began on February 19 with a celebration and flag raising at the Otisfield Community School amid the pouring rain. The "Spirit of '98" made her first of many appearances, at this widely attended event. This was 1 month AFTER Ice Storm 1998 where Otisfield residents were without power for approximately 15 days.
The 118th Maine State Legislature prepared a Joint Resolution recognizing the 200th anniversary of the Town of Otisfield.
A duck race was held on the Crooked River at Bolsters Mills Village. The Village (part of Harrison and Otisfield) records some of the coldest temperatures in the U.S. road race was held on the 4th of July, as well as a boat parade on pristine Pleasant Lake, a community supper at the Spurr's Corner Fire Station as well as a dance, topped off by magnificent fireworks over Pleasant Lake. Not to be missed was the annual watermelon seed spitting contest. Children at the Otisfield Community School studied and built reproductions of historical buildings; a quilt (created and donated by the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church's Ladies Circle) was raffled off and Joyce (Ahonen) was the lucky winner. A WinterFest was held on Pleasant Lake with horse drawn sleigh rides, cross country skiing, snowmobile poker rally and a chili-chowder feast. The annual Bell Hill Service was on July 27 with entertainment provided by the Hills Alive Choral and the ringing of the bell 200 times! This was also the final appearance of the Spirit of '98! The Firemen's annual Bean Hole Supper and Joe Holden Day were celebrated in August. Capping the centennial celebration, was the annual lighting of the Lisa Bean Thurston Christmas Tree at the Otisfield Town Office on December 5 with Mr. & Mrs. Santa joining in.
Five of our local cemeteries were refurbished, the East Otisfield Community Hall and the Bell Hill Meeting House were painted. East Otisfield, Spurr's Corner and the Gore Road Fire Stations were all paved. A new vault was added to the rear of the Town Office and will include a time capsule, which will be opened at our tricentennial in 2098. A natural gas line was laid over 8 miles of town by the Portland Natural Gas & Transmission System. Gas began flowing through the pipe in March of 1999.
The coverlet shown below has pictures of buildings in Otisfield, that were be used in 1998 and includes the Bicentennial Logo as well as the front gate of Seeds of Peace International Camp. The coverlet proved to be a popular "keepsake". A few are still available for purchase at the Otisfield Town Office, 403 State Route 121, Otisfield, ME 04270 for $40.00.
Last Updated 5/5/1999