Fairs & Festivals


Thursday-Friday, July 3-4
Bridgton comes alive over the 4th of July holiday with a community band concert, spaghetti feast 5-7 p.m., and fireworks at dusk on Friday night at Stevens Brook Elementary School. On Saturday, the fun starts with the 4 on the Fourth Road Race starting beside Food City at 8 a.m., a Duck Race at Stevens Brook at 11:30 a.m. and the 4th of July Parade on Portland Road and downtown Main Street that starts at noon. The chance to win as much as $500 comes with the Bridgton Lions Club Ball Drop at 2 p.m. at the Commons Driving Range.
Friday, July 4
“America Remembers” is the theme for the Naples 4th of July Celebration’s Grand Parade, which starts at 2 p.m. Lineup at 1 p.m. at The Umbrella Factory. Fireworks begin at dusk, and the best viewing is from the Causeway area. Rain date is July 5. There’ll also be a carnival, parade and fireworks at Point Sebago.
The town of Hiram will be celebrating Hiram’s 200th Birthday with a 4th of July jam-packed with activities starting at 10 a.m. in the village. There’ll be a parade, craft, book and bake sale, raffle items and face painting. FMI: 625-3530.
Fryeburg’s 4th of July offers at Children’s Parade starting at 10 a.m. from Fryeburg Academy.
Thursday-Saturday, July 10-12
Mark your calendar for the 2014 Harrison Old Home Days, featuring a large midway at Crystal Lake Park and a Grand Parade with the theme of “Past, Present and Future,” at noon Saturday, along with plenty of food and other activities, including fireworks at dusk. The Junior Parade is at 6 p.m. Friday, and there’ll be a Christmas for Kids Stocking Run to start off the Grand Parade, when kids fill a stocking, grab their bikes and ride. FMI: sisudailey@gmail.com
Lovell Old Home Days & 5K Race takes place at the town’s Athletic Field in Center Lovell. The race starts at 9:45 a.m.
Saturday, July 19
The 36th annual Founder’s Day Classic Car Exhibit shows off over 50 classic vehicles in the collection of Robert Bahre at his home on Paris Hill. There’ll also be music, entertainment and a craft fair. FMI: 743-2980.
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20
Bethel’s Mollyockett Days commemorates Bethel’s past and its vibrant present, with a parade, artists and artisan displays, Native American basketry demonstrations, a live animal show and an ARTirondack chair auction. There’ll also be entertainment and fireworks, and Sunday’s events include running and walking events and a Tubing & Treasure Scavenger Hunt. FMI: www.mollyockettdays.com
Thursday-Saturday, July 24-26
A midway, parade, entertainment and lots of food are in store for the popular Casco Days celebration in Casco Village. The midway runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Saturday’s events include an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast, a road race at 9:30 a.m., the Grand Parade at 1 p.m. and a 4:30 p.m. supper at the Casco Village Church. Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band is on stage Saturday at 7 p.m., then Bold Riley. Grand prize drawings are held at the end of each night.
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 2-3
Scribner’s Mills opens its historic mill and homestead on the Crooked River in Harrison for its annual Back to the Past celebration of turn-of-the-century wood industry and homesteading. Exhibitors will demonstrate felting, weaving, chair-caning and other essential crafts, while volunteer millworkers will power up original machinery to make barrells and shingles. FMI: 583-6455 .