Fairs & Festivals

Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 4-6
There’s something for everyone at this year’s Sweden Days, beginning on Thursday with two short hikes to the Back Pond Reserve and Amos Mountain starting at 8 a.m. from the Sweden Community Church. Call Jane at 647-3987 for details. That evening, there’ll be a potluck supper at 5 p.m. on Virginia (Tilla) Durr’s lawn, followed by a night of folk music by Davy Sturtevant and Heather Pierson at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell. On Friday, the Sweden Festival of Arts/Talent Show will start at 7:30 p.m. with homegrown talent at the Sweden Meeting Hall on Bridgton Road. Call Davy Sturtevant at 647-5303 for details or to schedule an act. On Saturday, there will be a history walk narrated by Richard Lyman in memory of the late Martha Flint at 10 a.m. at the Meeting Hall, and a potluck dinner and square dance at the Meeting Hall that evening, with the dinner at 6 p.m. and the dance starting at 7 p.m. with caller Joe Casey. Children are welcome.
Saturday, Aug. 6
The 18th annual Antique & Classic Boat Show and Classic Car Show on the Naples Causeway is a local event not to be missed. Classic wooden boats can be viewed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., from moorings along sections of dock that have been temporarily placed off public-access docks on the Causeway. And don’t forget the vintage vehicles, which will be displayed in the parking spaces along the Causeway. The night before, the old boats will go through the Naples swing bridge en masse to Brandy Pond, where a parade takes place and the crowd witnesses how fast an old boat can go.
Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6 and 7
The 20th anniversary celebration of Back to the Past at Scribner’s Mill in Harrison features a special demonstration by eight oxen teams who are representing Maine in November at an exhibition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. They’ll give ox cart rides too. But that’s just part of the fun. The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, also features free rides with Sonny Richards pair of Belgian horses on Sunday. Both days also will offer guided tours of the mill and homestead, barrel-making and lathe making in the mill, and a whole host of children’s activities including pillow fights and penny hunts. On Saturday at 5 p.m., the ever-popular pig/turkey roast and baked bean suppa will be served. Prior to Saturday’s pig roast, there will be a Live Auction starting at 2 p.m. with items donated by area businesses and mill supporters. There will be demonstrations of spinning and tatting and other old-time arts by at least a dozen old-time artisans; also on tap are demonstrations of blacksmithing and horseshoeing. For more information, call 583-6455.
Saturday, Aug. 13
Brownfield Days at the Brownfield Community Center, 90 Main Street, Brownfield, gets underway with a Car Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. sponsored by the Lions Den. Contact Wanda at 935-2007 or Dee at 935-2681 for more information. A one-mile Family Run takes off at 10 a.m., and a more leisurely Walk begins at 10:15 a.m. A Grand Parade takes place at 11 a.m., and there will be a Pie-Eating Contest at noon. From noon to 3 p.m. is an Open Mic, and a Firemen’s Muster takes place at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a Cow Chip Bingo, obstacle course, bounce houses, mechanical bull, skillet throw, Velcro wall, giant slide, vendors and food. A Lobster or Pork Dinner, costing $13 for lobster, $9 for pork, will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. A live band, Full Circle, wraps up the fun from 5 p.m. to dark. For more information, call Jenn at 890-2388 or Michelle at 890-9725.

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