LINCOLN, ME – Lincoln’s annual 4-day Homecoming Loon Festival is set to begin Thursday, July 20, with a number of events, highlighted by the 70th annual River Drivers’ Supper at Ludden Field. The Loon Festival has drawn as many as 13,000 people to Lincoln for the events.
“The schedule is full of family-friendly hometown events that has become a highlight of summer for this region,” said Nancy Souza, director of the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. “There is a lot of fun for kids and time for adults to reconnect throughout our beautiful town. Plus, a number of events benefit local organizations so there is an element of giving back to the community we all love.”
Thursday’s River Drivers’ Supper will have bean hole beans, coleslaw, hot dogs, chips, desserts and more by the riverside, and begins at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Darlings Ice Cream Truck will be located on School Street in Lincoln with all proceeds benefitting Relay for Life. 7 p.m. will also be the start time for a teen dance at Veterans’ Memorial Square, and a Dance Fitness Party at the junior high tennis courts.
On Friday, kids’ events at Prince Thomas Park begin at 12 noon including a water balloon toss, life jacket relay, and a messy obstacle course. At 2 p.m., NFL player Matt Mulligan will be at Full Gospel Tabernacle, 14 Fleming Street, with an obstacle course, kids’ games and more. Lincoln Memorial Library will host Maine author Michelle Patch at 3 and 5 p.m. for a reading of her children’s book The Boston Terrier Who Thought He Was a Loon. At 4 p.m., Steaks N’ Stuff will host a BBQ benefiting Community Kids.
Saturday starts with the annual Mason’s Breakfast at the Masonic Lodge from 6-9 a.m. before the inaugural MSG Gary Gordon Fishing Derby gets underway at 8 a.m. Advance registrations are required for the fishing derby. The 2017 Homecoming parade steps off at 11 a.m., while vendors and kiddie games get underway at the same time at Veterans’ Memorial Square. Saturday also features day one of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Prince Thomas Park starting at 1:30 p.m., and the Redneck Regatta, sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce starting at 2:30 p.m. at Prince Thomas Park beach. Saturday evening brings in live music with the Jacob Smalley Band starting at 4:30 p.m. and the AC/DC tribute band Back in Black starting at 7 p.m., both at Cobb Field, prior to the fireworks show on Mattanawcook Lake at 9:15 p.m.
Sunday wraps up with day 2 of the 3-on-3 basketball tournament starting at 1 p.m. and live music at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, 14 Fleming Street, starting at 2 p.m.
A complete schedule of events, registration information (where applicable) and more details can be found at www.lincolnmaine.org.