SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Flamingos are not native to Maine, but a casual observer might be forgiven for thinking so if he or she stumbles upon an annual local event next week.
The Flamingo Festival, organized each summer by Harbor House, is scheduled to begin the evening of Friday, July 9, and to continue though Monday, July 12.
Flamingos of many types, except the live variety, and the color pink typically can be seen all over town as residents gear up for and then stage the annual event. This year’s festival, with a theme of United Feathers of Flamingo, is expected to showcase cultures from around the globe with dance and music performances, according to event organizers.
The festival is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 9, with a lobster bake at Harbor House on Main Street. The next morning, the festival continues with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and a parade down Main Street at 9:30 a.m.
After the parade, there will be carnival games and attractions such as a bounce house and dunk tank outside Harbor House, as well as food vendors, a craft fair and musical entertainment.
On Sunday, there will be a 4-mile road race at Tremont Consolidated School in neighboring Tremont. Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m. Officials from the adjacent towns will face off in a game of croquet at noon at the home of Southwest Harbor resident Larry Stettner.
The craft fair and a farmers market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday outside Harbor House. The same day, at the Causeway Club on Fernald Point Road in Southwest Harbor, there will be a golf scramble at 3 p.m. and a cocktail party at 5 p.m. Tickets to the cocktail party are $40 apiece and can be purchased ahead of time at Harbor House.
The festival will conclude Monday, July 12, with a performance outside Harbor House by the steel drum band Flash in the Pans at 7:30 p.m.
More information is available online at www.harborhousemdi.org or by calling 244-3713.