Saturday’s Ice and Smelt Festival will feature a smelt fishing contest with three different categories to win. 

The festival is 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Interested fishermen can register for the contest at the Town Landing Restaurant by noon on Saturday to be included and to use the late morning tide. There is a $5 entry fee. Full directions will be given as people register. For more information call 841-5914

The three categories of smelt in the contest are: most smelt, determined by the number of fish; biggest smelt, determined by weight; and smallest smelt, also determined by weight. There will be first and second prizes awarded in each category.

The festival is a major fundraiser for the Merrymeeting Arts Center, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. In its five years, the center has offered 24 art exhibits as well as special events, art classes, summer drop-in art, special talks, films and full days of art at the annual Celebrate Bowdoinham festivities.

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