2017-06-30 / Front Page

SummerFest brings summer fun to Kennebunk

By LIZ GOTTHELF

KENNEBUNK — Summer is finally here, and Saturday, SummerFest brings a way to celebrate.

The festival committee has been planning for months to bring back past favorites to this long-standing parade, as well as new events, according to a press release from the town.

The festival brings a number of free events to the downtown, which has been beautifully decorated with flowers and buntings, said Recreation Director Tasha Pinkham.

“Our Main Street is gorgeous,” she said. “It’s quite a sight.”

The festival is an event that attracts both locals and tourists, and a time to make special memories with friends and family, said Pinkham.

One of the highlights of the festival is the parade, which will line up at 10 a.m. on Water Street. 
The festival continues the tradition of the “Red Wagon Brigade,” which continues the tradition of the late Al Searles, a town selectman who died in 2016 after battling kidney disease. Searles started the tradition of walking with a red wagon in the parade as a way to share the experience with his grandchildren, said Pinkham. Those who want to walk in the parade with the Red Wagon Brigade can bring a red wagon and join in. And those who don’t have a red wagon can still join the fun and  bring a bicycle or doll carriage decorated in a festive red, white and blue theme, according to the press release.

Artisans and crafters will showcase their goods at Waterhouse Center, 55 Main St., beginning at 8 a.m. There will be a face painting beginning at 8:30 a.m. and music throughout the day. A rock climbing wall will be at the Waterhouse Center parking lot, and horse and wagon rides will begin at 11 a.m.

Pups in the Air will bring a group of performing dogs to Lafayette Park, at 9 Storer St.,  from noon to 3 p.m. and bounce houses will be located at Rotary Park, 1 Water St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main St., will host a blueberry pie eating contest at noon. Also at the library will be Wildlife Encounters, an exhibit featuring animal ambassadors, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 325 or egotthelf@journaltribune.com.

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