Saturday, July 7, 2012; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: United Christian Church & Community Building, 18 Searsmont Rd (Route 173) at Route 52, Lincolnville Center, Maine
Contact: Pat; 207-763-2772
LINCOLNVILLE CENTER, Maine — The 18th Annual Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival and Parade in will bring the community and visitors together for a day of family fun, food and music on Saturday, July 7.
The parade theme is “Make a Joyful Noise.” Marchers, floats and the Lincolnville Band begin at 10 a.m. at Drake Corner Store at the intersection of Routes 52 and 173. The parade then proceeds along Main Street led by bagpiper Ross Faneuf. A children’s unit of decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers joins it from a staging area across from the Lincolnville Boat Club. All then proceed to the Community Building and grounds of the United Christian Church, sponsor of the community celebration.
Foods for both brunch and lunch will be available. Many will head directly inside for strawberry shortcake. Church members and friends picked and hulled the strawberries, and Lincolnville’s country cooks will have baked dozens and dozens of biscuits. Topped with whipped cream, strawberry shortcake is a traditional country treat not to be missed.
Outside, grilled hot dogs, popcorn and frozen flavored drinks are ready to eat on-site.
The refurbished Community Building will feature tables of home baked goodies, relishes and jellies to take home. White elephants (attic treasures), knitted, crocheted, crafted and sewn items from local artists will be displayed for sale. Prints from watercolorist Marcia Anderson also will be available. A tent packed with good quality used books, movies and CDs stands nearby.
Children’s activities begin after the parade and include crafts and face painting in the Parish Hall and active games suitable for children under the age of 10 on the lawn. Kyle Edgerly will create twisted balloon animals nearby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miniature horse Annie Sue from Moose Ridge Farm will be featured.
There is no charge for any children’s activity, but donations will be appreciated to help offset expenses.
Making a Joyful Noise won’t end with the parade. The Lincolnville Band will give a concert at 10:30 a.m. The Breezemere Bottom Boys will perform at 11 a.m. and other musicians will be playing throughout the day.
The church building will house displays illustrating the history of the church and will be open for guided tours. The Old Meeting House was built 1820-1821, just as Maine was becoming a state, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
To keep the children safe, there is no parking on the church grounds, but handicapped parking is next door, behind the telephone company garage. Ask at the drop-off point if a walker or wheelchair will help you get to a seat; they will be provided as available. Other parking is in the lot across from the church, if weather allows; on the street; and at Lincolnville Central School.
The Strawberry Festival is held rain or shine. Doors open 9 a.m., and the festival wraps up at 2 p.m. Note, however, that the strawberry shortcake is often sold out at noon. Indoor seating and some outdoor seating are provided. All children are welcome to participate in the children’s marching unit. For more information, call Pat at 207-763-2772.