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10,000 expected for Lincoln homecoming

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — As many as 10,000 visitors, some from as far away as Alaska, are expected to hit town starting today for the 2009 Lincoln Riverdriver’s Homecoming Festival, organizers said Wednesday.

Almost a full-time job in itself for Events Coordinator Shelly Crosby, the event promises to be Lincoln’s largest ever. It features a fireworks show, homecoming parade, dances, barbecues, a road race, ATV runs, an estate auction, hot car shows and lots of live music at locations around town before it ends on Sunday.

“We’re ready to rock and roll,” Crosby said Wednesday.

The 62nd annual Riverdriver’s Supper at Ludden’s Field from 4 to 6 p.m. today is the homecoming’s anchor and still one of its largest draws, Crosby said.

“This whole homecoming event started as a result of families and alumni coming back to town to celebrate their roots. It was always around the Riverdriver’s supper and every single year, it just grows,” Crosby said.

“In 2007, when I started as the town’s events coordinator, I believe we thought we had between 5,000 to 7000 people attending,” she said. “Each year we add to our schedule and make improvements and I believe that the word has spread with the Internet and other technology. Word has definitely gotten out.”

Scheduled at the same time as the 2009 Maine State HOG rally in Millinocket, the two events will turn the Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes regions into one big party.

Yard sales, beach barbecues, a golf tournament at Jato Highlands golf course and three-on-three basketball at Prince Thomas Park are among the homecoming festivities.

According to AccuWeather.com, overcast skies, quick showers and intermittent sunshine should show through the weekend, but Sue Troulis, manager of the Briarwood Motor Inn on West Broadway, doubted that the weather would dispel many visitors.

“We are packed. No vacancies,” Troulis said Wednesday. “I think everybody [all town motels and hotels] is full. I have a lot of phone calls from people looking to stay even 40 miles out of town. I have people coming from California who are coming in for the festival.”

With 35 units, the Briarwood is the largest motel in town, she said. As many as 140 people will be staying there over the weekend.

Budgeted by the town at $27,000, the event usually costs about $25,000, Crosby said. As many as 75 volunteers help make homecoming happen. About 30 vendors will be selling goods at Veterans Square, among other sites.

Troulis said she is glad the town does homecoming.

“It’s a little boost,” she said. “It’s only a couple of days. It’s definitely worth it [the investment]. They [town officials] make it back, easily.”

Among the new events at homecoming this year, Crosby said, are:

• The Roaming Railroad Train Rides. Essentially a railroad without tracks, the tractor will pull as many as 27 passengers between Veterans Square, Prince Thomas Park and Cobb Field during the festival.

• Municipal Services Day at Cobb Field on Friday. This, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said, is an opportunity for the community to meet the town’s department managers and review the equipment they use, as well as representatives from several local public safety units.

For a full schedule and any last-minute changes, go to the town’s Web site, www.lincolnmaine.org.



2009 Lincoln Riverdriver’s Homecoming Festival

July 16

9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Town of Lincoln annual yard sale, Ballard Hill Community Center; Friends of the Lincoln Memorial Library book sale, Lincoln Memorial Library.

9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Craft fair, Hannaford supermarket.

10 a.m.-dusk: Vendors and children’s games, Veterans Square.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Open house, Little Red Schoolhouse and Park, West Broadway; open house, Lincoln Historical Society Corro House, West Broadway.

2 p.m.: Photo pet show awards, Lincoln Memorial Library.

3 p.m.: Family project contest awards, Lincoln Memorial Library.

4-6 p.m.: 62nd annual Riverdriver’s Supper, Ludden’s Field.

7 p.m.: M.U.S.I.C. gospel concert, First United Methodist Church of Lincoln.

7-10 p.m.: Street dance, Veterans Square.

July 17

9 a.m.-noon: Mainely Rent to Own annual yard sale, Mainely Rent to Own, West Broadway.

10 a.m.-dusk: Vendors and children’s games, Veterans Square.

11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Municipal Services Day, Cobb Field.

11 a.m.: Classy Kats Red Hat Society ride and luncheon, train boarding at Veterans Square.

11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.: Roaming Railroad Train Rides, Veterans Square, Prince Thomas Park and Cobb Field.

Noon-6 p.m.: Open house, Lakeside Art Gallery.

Noon-3 p.m.: Children’s beach events, Prince Thomas Park.

4-5 p.m.: Ed Kalish, children’s musician, Veterans Square.

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Chicken barbecue, Gillmor Farm Ice Cream & Car Wash, West Broadway.

6-7 p.m.: Northern Lights Dance Art Special, Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo.

7-10 p.m.: Tony Boffa Big Band, Veterans Square.

July 18

6:30-9 a.m.: Annual Mason’s Homecoming Breakfast, Masonic Lodge.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Open house, Lakeside Art Gallery.

10 a.m.-dusk: Vendors and children’s games, Veterans Square.

10:15 a.m.: Assembly for children’s parade, Public Safety Building.

11 a.m.: “Funny Sitcoms of TV-Land” 2009 annual Homecoming Grand Parade, through downtown; annual chicken barbecue, Cole-Whitney Ford; ERA McPhail Reality yard sale and barbecue fundraiser, ERA-McPhail, West Broadway.

10 a.m.-dusk: Open house, United Methodist Church; NASCAR Maine Super Cup League Cars display, Veterans Square.

1-7 p.m.: Roaming Railroad Train Rides, Veterans Square, Prince Thomas Park and Cobb Field.

1 p.m.: Fourth annual Cruise-In, Gillmor’s Family Ice Cream & Lincoln Car Wash, West Broadway.

1:30 p.m.: Historical Society auction, Veterans Square; three-on-three basketball tourney, Prince Thomas Park.

3 p.m.: Celtic Circle music, Veterans Square; Friendship All-Stars Baseball Game, Lincoln vs. Howland, Hannaford Field.

4:30 p.m.: Annual alumni dinner, Mattanawcook Academy.

6 p.m.: Pre-fireworks music show, Cobb Field.

9:15 p.m.: Fireworks show, Cobb Field.

July 19

7:15-8 a.m.: Pre-registration, Penobscot Valley Hospital & Sprint for Life 5K Wellness Road Race, Veterans Square.

8 a.m.: Penobscot Valley Hospital & Sprint for Life 5K Wellness Road Race, Veterans Square.

9 a.m.: Marine Corp League Jato Golf Tournament, Jato Highlands; fourth annual ATV Poker Run, Dwinal Pond 4 Seasons Club.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Preview, Waterfront Estate Auction and Social Jam, Prince Thomas Park.

1 p.m.: Three-on-three basketball tourney, Prince Thomas Park; Waterfront Estate Auction, Prince Thomas Park.

2 p.m.: Gospel concert, Full Gospel Tabernacle.

Source: 2009 Lincoln Riverdriver’s Homecoming Festival Committee

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