BANGOR, Maine — This year’s Maine Harvest Festival is also serving as a launch party for something Mainers celebrate: a new potato.

The Caribou Russet potato will be available at the festival, which is Saturday and Sunday at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The potato was made available to consumers for the first time at the same festival last year and organizers say it sold out quickly.

The Maine Potato Board says after this year’s harvest festival, the Caribou Russet will be available at supermarkets all over the state. It should be available by Monday. The University of Maine developed the Caribou Russet for fresh-market use as well as for processing.

The harvest festival will also include 150 vendors along with contests and demonstrations.

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