It was yet another wet & wild Saturday in Bangor!

One definitive rite of passage here in the Bangor area, and a sure sign that springtime is truly here, happened for the 55th time last weekend, and as always, a good time was had by all, who either participated or ventured out to have a look at all the fun.

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, which is held annually on the third weekend of April each year, is the largest paddling event in New England and one of the largest in the country. Hosted by the Bangor Department of Parks & Recreation, this 16.5-mile race begins in Kenduskeag and ends on the Penobscot River in downtown Bangor.

It has become a larger-than-life event around here and is even broadcast live on television, by our friends over at WABI TV-5. People love to gather near the finish line to not only watch people finish the race but to party a little too, enjoying food and beverages in the Downtown area.

Some pretty cool GoPro video was shot by people who took the plunge last Saturday and played their part in the race, and we rounded up a few for everyone to enjoy.

The Kenduskeag Stream is 36.2-miles and flows southeast through Corinth, Kenduskeag, and Glenburn before it reaches Bangor.

Fun fact, the Kenduskeag Stream plays an important role in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, in various works of the one and only Stephen King.

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