Garland Days offer range of activities for families

Posted Sept. 04, 2008, at 8:15 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:25 a.m.

GARLAND, Maine — It’s all about family during Garland Days set for this weekend.

Starting Friday and ending Sunday, participants will have a full range of activities from overnight family camping to several musical events, including a family contradance on Saturday night.

“We’re trying to be really family-oriented,” Jim Bunn, chairman of the Garland Days Committee, said Thursday. “We’ve introduced a farmers market where we just have local people do vegetables. What we’re trying to do is connect people to buy food locally.”

Sam Brown of Cambridge and Ed Hummell of Garland will give an energy seminar to provide people information on how to tighten up their houses. Hummell, a meteorologist who has forecast weather from his house for 23 years, will talk about the weather in Garland over the years.

Other educational seminars include a goat-milking demonstration, a rock workshop, a snakes and turtle event and a talk on chickens. Zack Field of Hampden will conduct a juggling workshop.

“We’re just trying to connect people to do things locally as much as possible,” Bunn said.

There will be plenty of musical entertainment, including the Abbott Hill Ramblers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Old Diamonds at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and the West African Drummers from the Buie School of Music in Dover-Foxcroft at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Friday’s events will include a home brew competition, a dedication of the G.A.R. Hall in the new Olson Room, a pie and ice cream social, a star party and a family camp-out.

Starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, registration will be held for a 5-mile road race. Also, there will be a parade at 10 a.m., a book sale, an all-terrain vehicle obstacle course, an artisan’s fair, children’s games, beano, a talent show, a Bug Zoo sponsored by the Maine Discovery Museum, bossy beano, a supper and a camp-out.

Sunday’s activities will begin with a breakfast at 7 a.m. and the day’s activities will include a 5-mile bicycle race, a horse show, an archery competition, a family paddle on Garland Pond, an antique and classic car show, children’s games, beano, wagon rides, a skillet toss, a BMX bicycle race, music, a soapbox derby, a pig scramble and a dead car raffle.

In the latter event, fluids are drained from a junked vehicle and the vehicle is started up. The person who guesses the closest time for when the engine seizes is the winner of half the proceeds from the event.

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