ISLAND FALLS, Maine — The annual Summerfest celebration that begins today kicks off a busy weekend in Aroostook County.
The Summerfest, which is a popular fete in the community, runs until Aug. 2. It will feature some new events in addition to those that have not been a part of the celebration for several years.
Ruth Frazier, the town’s recreation director, is organizing the event for the first time. She said early Thursday evening that she listened to a lot of comments from community members as she organized the schedule.
One of the major events, a fireworks display, will begin at 9 tonight at the VaJoWa golf course.
“There were some events that have gone on in the past that people have told me they would like to see again,” she said. “So a number of old events have been brought back.”
Among those is an auction being organized by the Island Falls Playground Committee, which is trying to raise money to outfit a parcel of donated land with playground equipment for area children, and all proceeds from the auction will go into the playground account. The auction will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the municipal building.
Frazier said she also hopes new events will attract fresh participants.
A performance by the Maine-ly Music Chorus is scheduled, as well as a trade show, children’s games, outdoor in-line skating and a dance for youths. A car show and a pet show also will be held.
Some businesses are offering customer appreciation days throughout the event, and the Recreation Department is planning a raffle and setting up a bounce house. Festival participants will be able to purchase snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs and other carnival food.
Frazier said the fete also would provide participants with a chance to help someone else.
A benefit breakfast for injured Island Falls firefighter Josh Rockwell will begin at 5:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Fish and Game Club. A dance will take place later that day, beginning at 8 p.m. at the municipal building.
Another popular event, a theme parade with children’s storybook characters, will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2.
Summerfest is just one of the events planned for this weekend.
In Stacyville, the ninth annual Strawberry Jam Festival begins today. The event, which wraps up Sunday, includes a flea market, cooking contests, a children’s dance, music and food.
Open Farm Day also will be celebrated at several locations, including at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton. The museum will open be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.