“Ride Into Summer” Event Gardiner

Posted May 17, 2012, at 10:06 p.m.

Friday, May 25, 2012 4 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Downtown Gardiner, Water Street , Gardiner, ME

For more information: Patrick Wright; 582-3100;

“Ride into Summer” is a wicked tasty way to kick-off the summer season in Maine. It includes a motorcycle and bicycle parade, peoples’ choice pizza contest of local traditional and non-traditional pizzas, live music, and Maine’s largest fireworks display.

This family friendly event begins with a bicycle parade through Historic Downtown Gardiner, followed shortly thereafter by a motorcycle parade from Mike’s Water Street Grill, around Gardiner, to Waterfront Park. Waterfront Park will be reserved for motorcycle and bicycle parking only.

Some of Downtown Gardiner’s great restaurants will again be vying for the coveted title of “Gardiner’s Best Pizza”. The format for this competition is a “walkabout”. Registrants will be able to purchase a ballot at a central location, and at participating merchants. The entry fee for the competition is $8. Merchants will punch the ballot once the participant receives a pizza sample. Ballots will include a map of Downtown Gardiner showing location of participating restaurants. Ballots will only be valid if all restaurants have been sampled. Ballots will be accepted at a table located in Waterfront Park.

Spaces in Waterfront Park will be licensed to other food and novelty vendors, and the National Guard will again participate with their inflatable obstacle course. New in 2012, there will be live music set up on the boardwalk to entertain crowds as they gather for Maine’s Largest Fireworks display at dusk, brought to you by Pyro City.

Schedule of Events:

4:00pm – Gardiner Police Department’s annual “Bike Rodeo” – Public Safety Officer will be performing bicycle and helmet checks, along with safety training and a biking obstacle course. (Hannaford Parking Lot near Rail Trail Kiosk)

5:30pm – Bicycle parade from Rail Trail (Hannaford parking lot), Right onto Maine Av., Right through Arcade Parking Lot, Left onto Water Street, Left onto Maine Av and into Waterfront Park.

6:00pm – Motorcycle parade from Mike’s Water Street Grill (469 Water Street), Left onto Water Street, Right onto Brunswick Ave (US 201), Right onto (I-295 exit 49), Right onto Lewiston Rd. (US 126 exit 51), through Historic Water Street, Left onto Maine Av, Right into Waterfront Park.

5:30pm – 7:30pm – 3rd Annual “Gardiner’s Best Pizza” people’s choice competition. Participating restaurants in 2012 include Gerards Pizza, Dennis’ Pizza, Red’s Pizza, Water Street Café, Sweet Love, and Mike’s Water Street Grill. Ballots can be purchased at participating restaurants and at two central locations (Waterfront Park and Johnson Park).

9:00pm (ish) – Maine’s Largest Fireworks show, brought to you by Pyro City (Waterfront Park).