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East Millinocket preparing for SummerFest in July

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — A parade, fireworks show, road race and host of musical acts will be on display during this year’s SummerFest next month, organizers said Wednesday.

As many as 5,000 people are expected at the three-day event, which runs from Thursday, July 11 to Saturday, July 13. Most of SummerFest will take place in town, at the park opposite the former Opal Myrick School, but a golf tournament will also be held in Millinocket, organizers said.

“It is just such a positive time. It is a family event and a big boost for local businesses,” said Kim Marston, one of the event’s organizers and wife of Selectman Mark Marston.

“It is the one weekend that gives them such a boost, and people tend to forget about the everyday worries and the economy because it is just about fun and families,” she added.

Volunteers, led by Kelli Willigar and Marston, raised more than $4,000 through movie showings and raffles to keep SummerFest when the Main Street paper mill’s shutdown threatened the event in 2011 and raised or were allocated a total of about $8,500 last year. The organizers considered seeking town funding this year, but had about $4,000 left over from last year that they could use, Marston said.

The organizers also asked Medway town officials to invite that town’s residents to SummerFest, as the lowering of Penobscot River levels this summer is likely to adversely affect that town’s recreational opportunities, Marston said.

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