COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine — A tiny Maine town will soon celebrate fisheries, environmental conservation and the spring by feasting on hundreds of fried smelts.

The Downeast Salmon Federation’s Annual Smelt Fry & Fisheries Celebration is scheduled for April 21 in Columbia Falls, a town of about 550 people in Down East Maine. The centerpiece of the event is the fried smelt dinner, which also includes a blueberry dessert.

The salmon federation uses the smelt fry to educate the public about the importance of fish migration. The Downeast Coastal Conservancy also hosts a hike at 9 a.m. on the morning of the event. Other events connected to the smelt fry will take place throughout the day in Columbia Falls.


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