AUGUSTA, Maine Maine credit unions have been authorized to sell new commemorative license plates marking next year’s World Acadian Congress, the first commemorative plates produced by the state since the United States celebrated its Bicentennial in 1976.
In 2014, the World Acadian Congress will be hosted by the international region known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which incorporates the northernmost part of Maine, as well as northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec.
The World Acadian Congress is held every five years in a region of the world inhabited by Acadians. It draws more than 50,000 visitors from 44 countries. Organizers say it has an economic impact that exceeds $50 million.