Old Town Riverfest celebration kicks off hefty schedule this weekend

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 6:33 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The city’s largest annual celebration, Riverfest, is slated for this weekend, and attendees will have the chance to sing their way to $500, kick themselves into shape with Zumba or just take in a full schedule of music, entertainment or games.

Festivities begin Friday with a dedication by Pastor Bruce Stevens and the national anthem at 4:45 p.m. in the downtown Riverfront Park.

Registration for the second annual Riverfest Idol competition is scheduled for 5 p.m., with the singing showdown beginning at 5:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10, with a grand prize of $500.

Old Town High School will host its homecoming football game against Mount View on Victory Field at 6 p.m.

Musical performances, games and concessions, including free ice cream, will round out the night, until fireworks close the first day of events at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, registration for the fifth annual Ride for a Cure begins at 8 a.m. in the Old Town McDonald’s parking lot. Riverfront Park is the finishing point for the Brenda Sibley Memorial Ride, a 100-mile benefit motorcycle ride in memory of a local woman who died of cancer six years ago. Riders will leave the waterfront at 9:30 a.m.

Donations for the motorcycle event will go toward Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine, according to organizers.

Events continuing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday include a craft fair, canoe and kayak demonstrations, food vendors, informational booths, face painting, games, a dunk tank and pony rides.

Musicians, performers and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the day.

One event, a dog show and blessing of the animals at the Herbert Sargent Community Center, extends the Riverfest celebration into Sunday. Registration for the dog show begins at noon, with the event starting at 1 p.m.

For information and a full schedule of events, visit www.old-town.org or the Old Town Riverfest’s Facebook page.

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