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Searsmont Bicentennial Day Fun, Food, Music and Fireworks August 9

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Saturday August 9 is Searsmont Bicentennial Day, with more than 12 hours of things to do and see and eat and enjoy, most at the Community Center on Route 131 just south of the town center. The morning starts with an 8:30 Muzzy Ridge walk. First Selectman Bruce Brierley leads a tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery on New England Road at 11 a.m., and the Masonic Quantabacook Lodge hot dog cart opens at the same time. The Masons host a free and confidential Children’s Identification (CHIP) program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center. Activities for children, including a free bounce house, are available there starting at 3 p.m., with balloon animals free for the asking beginning at 5 in the afternoon. Five o’clock on Saturday is also when the Searsmont Historical Society’s pig roast servers get to work, and the Searsmont Methodist Church’s lobster feed starts. Dinners are affordable, but event organizers highly recommend dinner reservations by email at searsmontcelebration@gmail.com, or by calling 930-3664 or 342-3427. Bicentennial Day ends with a barn dance and fireworks. The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will start things off, and will give way to the Searsmont Street Band, whose music will pause for free fireworks at about 9 p.m. Parking is free, witth very limited parking for the disabled and those with handicap permits at the Community Center.