NORWAY — In Maine, Farmington celebrates Chester Greenwood and his earmuff invention. Kingfield has commemorates the Stanley Brothers and their famous Stanley Steamer automobile.

The western Maine town of Norway is now paying tribute to native son Mellie Dunham, a renowned fiddler and snowshoe maker who lived from 1853 to 1931.

Today’s Mellie Dunham Shoe and String Festival is being organized by the Western Foothills Land Trust. Morning events at the Robert Farm Preserve feature a display of classic snowshoes, a wife-carry on snowshoes and a snowshoe walk in the woods. Afternoon events at the Norway Grange include a public supper, fiddling sessions and contra dancing.

Norway was once dubbed the snowshoe capital of the world because of the large numbers of snowshoes manufactured there.

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