LISBON, Maine — Nothing says summer in Maine like July fireworks, barbecues and bottles of Moxie.
All of those — especially the sweet, medicinal, orange-labeled, black-tinted soft drink — will be in abundance this weekend during Lisbon’s annual Moxie Days Festival, carrying the 2011 theme of: “Moxie … It’s Maine in a Bottle.”
A fireworks display is scheduled for Friday over the Mid Town Plaza on Route 196 starting at 9:15 p.m. to wrap up Day 1 of the three-day festival.
The celebration was slated to begin Friday at 4 p.m., with the Spirit of the Wolf Pow Wow behind Lisbon High School, the Friends of the Lisbon Library book sale, and the Lisbon Fire Department’s Main Street car wash.
At 4:30 p.m., Alma-Lea Dance Studio performers were slated to shake things up at the Mid Town Plaza, and by 5 p.m., hungry festival attendees were invited to wash down their Moxie with a turkey supper at the Lisbon Falls Masonic Hall on Route 196.
Saturday highlights include the annual Moxie 5K Road Race, starting across from the high school, and the 10 a.m. Moxie Festival Parade. Registration for the Moxie recipe contest will be held near the Main Street stage from 11 a.m. to noon, and the judging for the unique challenge will be held from 1 to 2 p.m.
Children’s entertainment activities, featuring a bouncy house, pony rides and face painting, will be set up at the Marion T. Morse Center park and throughout the downtown.
Live musical performances will include the Half Moon Jug Band and Martin Gibson, who take the Marion T. Morse Center Pavilion stage Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:45 p.m., respectively.
The always popular Moxie “Chug N Challenge” at the corner of Main Street and Route 196 at 2 p.m. Saturday figures to challenge the most devoted soda swillers, while the upper Main Street Firemen’s Muster and opening of the Butterfly & Insect Museum at the Maine Glass Art Studio are set for 2 p.m. as well.
Sunday’s main event is the 13th annual Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race, which launches from the Durham Boat Launch off Route 136 at 11 a.m. Registration for the colorful paddle race begins at 9 a.m. at the same location.
For a full schedule of events and more information on the activities, visit www.moxiefestival.com.
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