Everybody loves a parade: Big turnout in Kingfield

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KINGFIELD – Santas, the Easter bunny and Batman flying overhead pitching candy were among the participants in the annual Kingfield Festival Days Grand Parade on Saturday.

Hundreds lined Main Street to view the “Holidays” themed parade. Christmas appeared to be the most popular of the holidays with several parade entrants having either a live or stuffed Santa as part of their parade entry. Norpine Landscape, Inc. had Santa waving from the top of the company’s hydroseeder as buckets of cool water were splashed on hot parade viewers who asked for it. And many did.

A spectator gets cooled off thanks to Norpine Landscaping’s entry during the Grand Parade at Kingfield Festival Days.

An apparently southern-style inflated Santa riding in an ATV displayed the rebel flag under a sign that said “Merry Christmas ya’ll. Another Santa – stuffed – rode along next to a big plastic bubble with styrofoam “peanuts” floating around a tree to simulate a blizzard and was pulled by Poulin Towing of New Portland.   

ET Cash Fuel provided two Easter bunnies, which appropriately enough, handed out candy. A poster noted that, “If it wasn’t for all this darn fur, I’d be getting my fuel from ET Cash Fuel.” The crowd showed their appreciation of the work that went into the parade floats by applauding often. Members of the Kora Temple of Lewiston brought their little cars and colorful flag corps. The 2008 Mrs. Kingfield Ruth White, who was crowned Friday night, got the honor of the traditional ride in a Stanley Steamer.

Ruth White, Mrs. Kingfield 2008, rides in a Stanley Steamer, which made Kingfield’s native sons famous, at the Grand Parade during Kingfield Festival Days.

A big hit, as always at this parade, was the Jordan’s Lumber entry which this time provided “Monster Bash,” complete with lots of monsters dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Batman riding high in the sky and dropping candy nearby, thanks to the skidder’s arm.  

Clear, blue skies and hot temperatures, the preferred conditions for this summer event, lured the crowds out to see the parade, listen to the non-stop musical groups and eat a lot of good BBQ. Vendors and artisans under tents displayed the area’s talent as back-to-back activities kept everyone entertained. Capping off today will be a Blues Fest, featuring four bands playing until 9:30 p.m. tonight

On Sunday, Kingfield’s big lawn sale will be held on the lawn at the School House Bakery & Cafe from 10-3 p.m. Mud Football championship games will be played on the West Kingfield Road from 10-4 p.m. More music, food and shows until 2 p.m. Form the entire schedule of events, visit Kingfield.govoffice.com  Or call Tammy Goldfrank at 265-4513 or 265-4394.  


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