Sandy River Festival returning to Strong for first time since 2008

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STRONG – The Sandy River Festival, a celebration of the natural beauty and rich history of the Sandy River, is coming back to Strong for the first time since 2008! The festival will be held on June 10, 2023 along the banks of the Sandy River in Strong, ME and will feature fun activities, live music and more.

“We hope people across the region will join us for this fun celebration of value that the Sandy River brings to our communities,” said Andrew Bracy, member of the volunteer group of local residents organizing the revival of the event.

Organizers are planning a wide range of activities on and off the river to appeal to people of all ages, including:
– Paddle 9 miles along the Sandy River from Strong to Fairbanks, with shuttle provided
– Log rolling, boom run, and ball drop competitions
– Fly casting lessons and fly tying demonstrations
– Presentations, storytelling, and music from the Sandy River Ramblers
– Inner tube run
– A visit by legendary Maine Guide Fly Rod Crosby

The schedule for this community event is still developing. Updates on the activities and more will be posted on the event’s Facebook page.

“We’re really excited to be bringing back this popular community event to celebrate the amazing natural resources available to residents and visitors in Franklin County,” said Kathleen Doyon, member of the organizing committee.

Sponsors of the event include the Town of Strong and Natural Resources Council of Maine.

For additional information, email or call (207) 684-4429.

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