Traffic will be a nightmare in Bangor on Thursday, so be sure to pack an extra dose of patience before you head out.

It really has the potential to be a mess on Thursday afternoon. The Bangor State Fair will open at 2:00 for its first in a four-day run at the Cross Insurance Center. Three hours later, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion will open its doors for concert-goers to the first live concert since 2019. Luke Bryan's 'Proud to Be Right Here' tour will bring in a lot of enthusiastic fans, who will all be searching for a place to park.

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Then you have the pedestrians. There will be concert-goers parking in lots all around Main Street, and then crossing over to get to the venue. Plus, you'll have fair-goers who are doing the same thing. So, not only will drivers have to watch for other cars stopping suddenly, but they'll also be watching for the inevitable jay-walkers who will dash out in front of vehicles in their excitement over a night of fun.

Add in the people who aren't involved in either event but, for one reason or another, just have to be traveling on Main Street. Maybe they wait tables at Geaghan's and they're just trying to get to work, or maybe it's a Mom who needs groceries and always shops at Shaw's. Whatever the reason, they will figure into the mix of an already congested situation.

Moral of the story: if you don't have to be on Main Street in Bangor on Thursday afternoon and evening, it's probably best just to avoid it. Seek an alternate route. But if you do have to travel through that area, do yourself a favor. Give yourself extra time to get to where you're going. Be courteous to the other drivers. (after all, they're in the same boat) Avoid distractions and stay focused on the road. It promises to be an exciting night in Bangor. Let's make it a safe one, as well.

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