ST. ALBANS, Maine — A pristine weekend weather forecast and additional events on the schedule have organizers hoping St. Albans Summerfest 2011 will be one to remember.
New this year is a benefit fishing derby and the inclusion of the annual Thunder in the Valley Car Show, along with several new games and activities, said Dennis Smith, one of the organizers.
“It sounds like it’s going to be a wonderful weekend,” he said.
The festivities kick off Friday with a Grange Hall supper at 4:30 p.m. and a concert with Wilf Clark and the Misty Mountaineers at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Another meal will be had Saturday morning at a public breakfast hosted by the St. Albans Volunteer Fire Department.
The fishing derby, which takes place on Little Indian Pond and Big Indian Pond, will go from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the derby will benefit the effort to build a community playground, which is scheduled for installation later this month. Tickets for the derby cost $1 per fish entered and can be purchased Saturday at the Indian Pond Dam, which is located across from Indian Lake Market.
The town also will be selling calendars and other keepsakes to benefit the St. Albans bicentennial celebration, which will kick off in 2013.
Saturday also features a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., for which participants can register at Indian Stream Hardware in downtown St. Albans. A parade begins at 10 a.m.
The Thunder in the Valley Car Show will begin at noon Saturday at Thundering Valley Raceway, which is located at 377 Palmyra Road. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Though this is not the first year for the car show, it is the first year it has been scheduled with Summerfest. Proceeds from the car show will benefit the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Games for children, contests, an ATV safety demonstration, canoe and kayak races and a pie-eating contest all are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, followed by a pig roast at 5 p.m. and a bluegrass concert at 7 p.m. A fireworks display will light the skies over Big Indian Lake at dusk.
The St. Albans Union Church will hold a public worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by a free cookout and concert featuring Fishers of Men. The Sebasticook Valley Community Band will close out the festival with a concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Big Indian Lake Upper Dam.