Holiday events in kick off Monday in Farmington

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FARMINGTON — The annual Memorial Day service will begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the American Legion Post 28 on the corner of Middle and High streets.

State Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, will be the guest speaker, Legion Adjutant Les Gatchell said.

The day’s observances will begin with a 9 a.m. wreath-laying ceremony led by the Color Guard at the World War I memorial on upper Main Street, he said.

Everyone will then return to the Legion hall for an inside service that will be followed by a wreath laying at the memorial in front of Post 28.

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A parade will form at that point and travel up High Street to Anson Street beginning at 10 a.m. It comes down Anson past the courthouse to Meetinghouse Park for a ceremony. Wreaths will be placed at the Civil War memorial, the World War II memorial and the Veterans Memorial, which honors veterans who served in the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

The parade will continue down Main Street on to Prescott Street and up to the Farmington Falls Road where a service takes place in Riverside Cemetery, he said.

The parade will leave the cemetery moving to the fire station where it ends.

A light lunch will be served by the Auxiliary at the Legion following the parade.

The Old Crow Band will again participate and others are welcome to join in the parade, he said.

This year a float planned by the Western Maine Storytelling Festival committee is part of the parade, he said.

The committee has been working on the Aug. 5 and 6 festival for more than a year, Phyllis Blackstone, committee chairman, said.

It will feature three storytellers: Michael Parent, Jackson Gilman and Jeep Wilcox from Rangeley.

The group planned the float and a storytelling event later in the day to begin advertising the August event, she said.

Gilman will ride the float with children from local schools who had winning poster entries in a contest based on their favorite folk tale. Posters will be on the float.

The public is invited to a free storytelling event planned for 12:30 p.m. Monday at 219 Main St. under a tent, she said. Gilman will tell stories and information about the festival will be available. The committee will also have donation buckets to help with festival costs.

Gilman will meet with students at Mallett and Cascade Brook schools on Tuesday, May 31.

Blackstone has also started the Western Maine Storytelling Guild in Farmington. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Wicked Gelato on Main Street. People are welcome to come and listen. Storytelling is optional, she said.

More information about the festival is available at www.wmsfestival.org

abryant@sunjournal.com

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