Rockland to celebrate arrival of summer on Saturday

Posted June 21, 2012, at 6:31 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Route 1 will shut down Saturday evening while Rockland welcomes summer.

Musicians, food vendors and a crowd of about 5,000 people will invade Main Street at Rockland’s 14th Summer Solstice from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

“It showcases our downtown businesses. We encourage them to get out on the street. Many will have sidewalk sales or activities,” said Lorain Francis, executive director of Rockland Main Street, Inc. “There are kids’ activities and music and there will be a firetruck from the Rockland Fire Department and Rocky the lobster — all kinds of fun. It’s a nice time to come and stroll and meet friends and eat on the street.”

In addition to the traditional street fair, complete with popcorn and cotton candy, the Solstice will shut down Winter Street to show off area nonprofits.

Construction that has otherwise impeded pedestrian traffic on the main stretch in town all week should wrap up in time for Solstice and leave brand new brick walkways. Sandwiched between the sidewalks will be a 7 p.m. whoopie pie-eating contest, Zumba dancing and more.

For more information, visit rocklandmainstreet.com.

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