HAMPDEN — We still remember sitting on the little hill near the football field, with a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old at our side, just as excited as they could be. There have been bigger fireworks viewed from loftier perches in the decades since, but somehow they don’t compare with the fireworks at Hampden Children’s Day.
From the parade to the food, music, dancing and all those activities, everything seems just right, whether you’re a family of one or a dozen.
It’s all happening during the 32nd Hampden Children’s Day, set for Saturday, Aug. 20.
To begin with, the Hampden Kiwanis Club will hold its pancake breakfast 7-9 a.m. at the Kiwanis Civic Center, 55 Main Road North. Tickets are $6, $3 for children.
Bike decorating for youngsters will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the soccer field behind Reeds Brook Middle School. It doesn’t have to be a bike. Wagons or anything with wheels will do.
Children should bring their helmets. Adoptive & Foster Families of Maine and Eastern Maine Healthcare will provide bike safety tips, helmet checks and decorations.
The parade lines up at 10 a.m. at Reeds Brook, and will start on Main Road at 11 a.m., proceeding to Routes 9 and 202.
The rest of the schedule includes:
Noon-4 p.m. Children’s Day activities.
• Kiwanis quarter booth games, run by the Boy Scouts.
• Touch-a-Vehicle, operated by Hampden Recreation Committee.
• Pony rides, sponsored by Make A Wish Foundation.
• Bounce house, sponsored by Best Western, White House Inn.
• “Break a Board” with ATA Martial Arts, safety tips and tae kwon do.
• Children’s Day informational booth. Buy 50-50 raffle tickets.
• PVHC, Junior Black Bears, learn hockey skills.
• Wildlife Encounters Traveling Zoo, sponsored by Katahdin Trust Co.
• Face painting by Girl Scouts of Maine.
• Safe Kids Maine info on vehicle safety.
• Kids’ Crafts with A.C. Moore.
• Cub Scout Pack 41, information, core values, games.
• Obstacle course sponsored by Maine Savings Federal Credit Union.
• Hannaford, learn about Guiding Stars program for healthy eating.
Events at Weatherbee School
• 12:30-1 p.m. Top Hat Dancers.
• 1:15-2 p.m. Zach Fields, Fields of Gravity Vaudeville Show, juggling, unicycle riding, balloons.
• 2:15-3 p.m. Bruce Johnson Magic Show.
• 3:15-4 p.m. “Switch,” comedy and juggling show by Aaron Dewitt and Shane Miclon.
• 4-7 p.m. Chuck Foster broadcasting on Z107.3.
• 7-8:15 p.m. Doug Baker and the Real Deal, live music by the backup band for Peaks Hill Lodge Country Jam.
• 8:15 p.m. Trophies and ribbons awarded for parade entries; 50-50 raffle winner.
• 8:30-9 p.m. Fireworks by Atlas PyroVision Productions.
• 9-10 p.m. Dancing and listening to Doug Baker and the Real Deal.
Food for purchase will include hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, nachos, doughboys and lemonade, sold by the Hampden Children’s Day Committee; sandwiches, hot dogs, water, soda and shortcake, by the VFW Auxiliary at Weatherbee School; cotton candy by the Narofsky family; and Southern Pit Bar-B-Que with ribs, pulled pork sandwiches and sides.
On Sunday, Aug. 21, all are invited to show their appreciation for Hampden Children’s Day by volunteering time to help with cleanup.
In case of rain, Children’s Day will be moved to Sunday.