Lincoln festival may draw 13,000

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
Posted July 13, 2010, at 11:04 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A nationally recognized BMX bike and skateboarding show, good publicity and great weather might be enough to draw 13,000 people to the 2010 Lincoln Homecoming Festival this week, its organizer said Tuesday.

“I think that would be a ballpark number,” town events coordinator Shelly Crosby said. “Last year we thought we had 10,000 to 12,000, and I am thinking it will increase this year.”

The homecoming, which has gone by several names over the years, typically attracts people from as far away as Alaska. It will run from Thursday to Sunday and feature a fireworks show, parade, dances, barbecues, a road race, ATV runs, auctions, car shows and live music, among other things.

It is a movable feast, taking place at Cobb Field, downtown, Veterans Square, Lincoln Memorial Library and Prince Thomas Park, among other sites, and helps celebrate Lincoln history while giving town businesses a boost.

The festival typically jams streets, hotels and motels, crowds sidewalks on Main Street with foot traffic and fills restaurants around town.

Budgeted by the town at $31,000, the event is Lincoln’s largest of the year. It usually costs slightly less than its budget, town officials said. As many as 75 volunteers helped make homecoming happen, along with about 50 vendors selling their goods this year, Crosby said.

This year’s scheduled appearance of the Rise Above Extreme Entertainment BMX-Skateboarding Pro Show on Saturday, and the first publication of a supplement distributed in the Bangor Daily News, likely will increase the number of people attending, Crosby said.

“We’ve already received a lot more calls from around the state this year than we had in previous years,” Crosby said. “This is also the first time the [pro show] has come to Maine. The teenage population is already becoming aware of them through Camp Woodward and MTV.”

Located in Woodward, Pa., Camp Woodward is the largest extreme sports facility on the East Coast, according to its website, campwoodward.com.

Only an ATV poker run previously set for Sunday has been canceled, Crosby said.

Find a full schedule of events at lincolnmaine.org.

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