LINCOLN, Maine — A scavenger hunt in the hay, as well as pie-eating and pie-judging contests, will be on hand Sunday as the town offers its Fall Into Wellness Family Fun Day.
The event began last year when town businesses showed an interest in having something like Homecoming in the fall, though not on as grand a scale, Town Clerk and former town events coordinator Shelly Crosby said.
Town leaders also wanted to give residents a chance to come together for an event that promoted healthy living.
“Last year we had well over 200 people and we’re expecting the same this year, if not better, because this is the second year that we’re doing this,” Crosby said Friday.
Children’s games, pumpkin carving, face painting, an old-fashioned apple cider press, and a helium balloon launch are among the offerings, said Crosby, who organized the day as the town’s events coordinator before being named town clerk earlier this month.
The day will run from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Square on Main Street and other nearby locations, such as Lincoln Memorial Library, where books on health and wellness will be offered.
The event is free and open to the public.
One of Crosby’s favorite events, she said, is the Healthy Cafe that will be put on by the Lincoln Fire Company and the Northern Penobscot Tech-Region III culinary department. It will feature healthful foods that residents can sample or buy, including chicken and beef fajitas, fresh guacamole, harvest chili, and fruit and veggie kabobs.
Music at the Lee A. Rush Memorial Gazebo at West Broadway and Main Street will start at 4:30 p.m., 1½ hours after another musical jam at the square, Crosby said.
Spruce Run, the Maine Green Alliance, Penobscot Valley Hospital Ambulance Service and the U.S. Army National Guard will be among the organizations attending, Crosby said.
Twenty-two local businesses and charitable organizations from Burlington, Chester, Enfield, Howland, Lee, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag, including Sprint For Life and the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, supported last year’s event.