Corinth to celebrate 200th birthday a little late

Posted July 12, 2011, at 6:10 p.m.

CORINTH, Maine — Town officials are preparing for a 200th birthday bash for Corinth — nearly a month after its incorporation date.

The town was founded on June 21, 1811, but the bicentennial celebration is scheduled for this weekend, July 15-17.

“We wanted to do something to recognize our 200th birthday [on June 21], but that fell on a Tuesday night,” said Town Manager Travis Gould.

A small celebration on June 21 featured guest speakers, the reading of a poem first recited at the town’s centennial celebration, a barbecue and cake. Around 300 attended, Gould said.

“This should be a lot bigger,” he said.

Events include a car show, a swing dance demonstration, an outdoor family movie and a performance by Bruce Nye the Elvis Guy on Friday.

Saturday features trolley rides, Corinth Historical Society Museum tours, games for kids, performers, pony and train rides, with fireworks closing out the day at 9 p.m.

The last day of the celebration, Sunday, starts with a community worship service and picnic, an arts and crafts competition, antique farm equipment display and a speaker on the Civil War. The bicentennial celebration wraps up at 4 p.m.

Events will be held on Central High School and Central Middle School grounds on Main Street.

Food and craft vendors and inflatable slides, bounce houses and other amusements will be available each day during the festival.

Gould said that if the weather holds up, this could be the town’s largest celebration to date.

“Every year we have Old Home Days about this time of year, but this will supersede that by far,” Gould said.

For a full list of events, visit http://www.townofcorinth.com/forms.html.

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