Things to Know about the International Seaplane Fly-In

August 15, 2019  by Destination Moosehead

Imagine Maine’s largest lake, Moosehead, stretching 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, dotted with hundreds of seaplanes in the air and on the surface of the pristine lake. Celebrating its 46th year, the International Seaplane Fly-In, held each September the weekend after Labor Day, is one of the most highly anticipated events on the lake.

Whether you’re a spectator of the incredible event, or you’re lucky enough to be overhead in the seat of one of the seaplanes, the blue water and surrounding forests and mountains create a breathtaking landscape. People will gather from both near and far to witness the excitement in the sky and water.

The Stobie Hangar contests are the favorite portion of the fly-in with spot landings, short field takeoffs and even water bombing. Talk about a fun selfie opportunity for spectators! 

Beyond the seaplane runs and contests, there will be live music, delicious food (think a pig roast and a lobster dinner!) and beverages (served up by a Greenville favorite, the Stress Free Moose Pub & Café), and more fun for the whole family, including a craft fair and dinner aboard the beloved steamship, The Kate

If you’re planning on visiting Destination Moosehead for the fly-in from September 5 – 8, or if you’ll already be visiting and want to partake in the fun, you can find a schedule of events here. Thousands of people will be arriving for the festivities, so be sure to book accommodations now. 

After the fly-in, consider exploring the towns beyond the lake, or take on one of the area’s top hikes

Click here for additional information about the event. Buckle up, sit back, relax and get ready for take-off. 

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