By Associated Press - Sunday, April 3, 2016

COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine (AP) - An annual celebration of fried smelts will take over a tiny Downeast Maine town later this month.

The Downeast Salmon Federation has scheduled the 16th Annual Smelt Fry for April 16 in Columbia Falls. The event brings hundreds of people to the town of about 560, where fried, battered smelts are the top attractions.

The salmon federation is also offering tours of the Wild Salmon Resource Center and the Pleasant River Hatchery.

The event will also feature Maine staples such as baked beans and organic blueberry desserts. The Heritage Fish Camp will have bowls of venison stew on hand.

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