LINCOLN, Maine — Town officials were recognized at the State Capitol on Friday for winning the 2010 Maine Spirit of America Foundation Award for their annual Homecoming celebrations, they said Monday.
Town Manager Lisa Goodwin, town events coordinator Amanda R. Beaulieu and Town Clerk Shelly Crosby, the town’s former events coordinator, attended the ceremony. About 40 people from 56 communities across Maine attended the event, Crosby said.
“It was a major recognition from the state of Maine,” Crosby said of the ceremony.
The Maine Spirit of America Foundation gave the 2010 Maine Spirit of America Foundation Award to the town during a Town Council meeting last year. A state-supported organization, the foundation strives to recognize volunteerism and well-organized community events across Maine.
Held in July, the homecoming, which has gone by several names over the years, attracts as many as 10,000 people to town, some from as far away as Alaska. It features 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 — occurring at Cobb Field, downtown, Veterans Square, Lincoln Memorial Library and Prince Thomas Park, among other places — that helps celebrate Lincoln history while giving town businesses a boost.
Dozens of volunteers donate several hundred hours of work almost year-round preparing for and hosting the festival. Homecoming Committee meetings start months ahead of the festival.
Anyone interested in volunteering, donating to or participating in the homecoming may contact Beaulieu at 794-3372 or firstname.lastname@example.org.