Kingfield Days celebrates community after year of distancing

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A significant crowd turned out for the Lawnmower Races at Kingfield Wood, hosted by Ray Poulin. Two of the three contestants experienced mechanical difficulties, with Justin Marsden rolling his mower and Ben Chase losing a wheel. Shane Handrahan won first place, despite an initial slow start. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)

KINGFIELD – Kingfield Festival Days was held July 16 through July 18, with the majority of events on Saturday, July 17.

Friday night kicked off the weekend with the first Art Walk since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a Surf and Turf dinner and an ice cream social at the town park.

Clara Parks took home the prize for the youth kayak obstacle course; while she was the only youth participating, she gave the adults a run for their money. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)
Heading up the Grand Parade was retired sheriff Dennis Pike in his cruiser, driven by retired Chief Deputy Raymond Meldrum. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)

Saturday started out overcast, but the weather cleared up during the day. Several small parades on Depot Street began at 9 a.m., with Mud Football at 10 a.m. and Lawnmower Races at 11 a.m.

In between events, there were a number of vendor booths set up on Depot Street, a quilt show at the United Methodist Church on High Street, and a book sale at Webster Library.

“Adam’s Crew”, in memory of Adam Dunham, won first place in the Grand Parade. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)

The Grand Parade began at 1 p.m.. There was no theme this year, and more than fifteen displays were presented. “Adam’s Crew”, in memory of Adam Dunham, won first place. The American Legion Norton-Wuori Post 61 won second place with a preview of the epic water gun war between the West Kingfield Wrecking Krew and the Atropia Liberation Force. Webster Library, with a “Blueberries for Sal” float, won third place. Cash prizes were awarded to the winners.

Webster Library, with a “Blueberries for Sal” themed float, won third place. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)

Following the Grand Parade there was a Duck Race on the Carrabassett river and fire truck rides at the Town Park. Starting at 3 p.m., water games were held on the river behind Longfellow’s Restaurant.

The evening included a memorial ceremony for Bert Dyer, former Post Commander for Post 61, and a flag retirement ceremony. Dyer, who passed away in November of 2020, was honored for his service both to the country and to the community, and ceremonially enlisted in the ranks of “Post Everlasting”.

The memorial ceremony for Bert Dyer included a 21 gun salute from the Honor Guard. The Honor Guard, from left: Pat Mitchell, Victoria Parker, James Wilson, Josh Handrahan, Wally Spencer, Mark Lopez, and Roger Meldrum. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)

The evening wrapped up with the Fire on the Mill Pond and a street dance under the big tent, with Dreamin’ Big DJ.

The weather turned wet on Sunday and the water gun war sponsored by Post 61 was postponed for the following Saturday at 9 a.m. Mud Football continued, as that event only improves with water. Robin Cottle and Crooked Bill brought the weekend to a close with music all afternoon under the big tent.

The event was widely considered successful, and man community members said they enjoyed having the time to reconnect with one another.

Kayak races, blindfolded canoe races, and a log rolling game proved a refreshing way to spend Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Annie Twitchell)
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