MONSON, Maine — The Monson Recreation Department is planned a two-day summer festival complete with “exploding lights” at dusk Saturday, July 17.
The festival, which is scheduled to begin Friday, July 16, will feature an art exhibit of Henry David Thoreau photographs from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Monson Community Center.
At 6:30 p.m. the General Store Jammers will perform, followed by a street dance with music provided by disc jockey Robert Hartford.
Saturday’s events will include a “Slate-Man Triathlon” race at 8 a.m., field games at 9 a.m., and a craft fair and yard sale. The General Store will celebrate its 100th anniversary throughout the day.
“Mysteries of Piscataquis County” will be the focus of a talk at 11 a.m. at the Monson Museum. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A dunk tank, a pie judging contest, face painting, carnival games, clowns, a pottery demonstration, and the popular and hilarious anything-floats race also will be held. Previous entries in the float race have included barrels that were lashed together and topped with folding chairs and cardboard covered in Duck Tape floated by plastic bottles. Awards are given to the first, second and third place finishers and to the most creative and most comical entries.
The band Beechwood will perform throughout the day from Mike and Kim Witham’s porch on Main Street.
Breakneck Ridge Farm in Blanchard and Tenney Hill Farm in Monson will be open for visits.
The festival is held in conjunction with the annual Monson Academy alumni banquet which will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Concluding Saturday’s events will be a Finn dance at the Finnish Farmer’s Club and fireworks behind the Monson Gymnasium.