School vacation week across Maine. And the trek to the regional basketball tournaments around Vacationland is huge.The ritual in Maine for February vacation. In Houlton Maine, yellow buses full of teams, bands and car loads of fans roll onto Interstate 95 and point it south to the Bangor Auditorium.
Your local Maine team made it to the play offs and practically the entire town is there court side, or glued to the radio or in front of a tv to watch it.Last one out of Houlton Maine or Aroostook County, turn down the heat, turn off the lights okay?
Local fans that have followed the team all winter, who are related to the players somehow and have gone to the local fund raising suppers are a big part of the "show".
This Houlton Maine video shows what the tournament is all about. Hard working players, an impressive 100 + member local band, hooting and hollering fans, cheerleaders and the entire school there to support the team, managers and coaches.
Good luck to all area teams as you advance to the Maine Basketball State Finals! The hockey playoffs happen next month and so far the local Houlton Hodgdon Blackhawks are on a roll. Listen to the band, see the fans in video below!