Mollyockett Day features parade, races

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BETHEL – The Mahoosuc Arts Council will sponsor Mollyockett Day on Saturday, July 21, an annual community event honoring the legend of Mollyocket, a Pequawket Indian who lived among and befriended the early settlers of Western Maine.

Mollyockett Day has been an annual event since 1960. It features a parade, a road race, a duck race, arts and crafts, an ARTirondack chair auction, library book sale, a car show, entertainment, food, a frog-jumping contest and fireworks.

Mollyockett Day kicks off with the Key Bank Mollyockett Day Classic Road Race at 8:30 a.m. with run and walk categories for all ages. The parade begins at 11 a.m.

The bandstand on the Bethel Common is the site of the crowning of Princess Mollyocket, as well as an array of entertainment featuring Susie Burke, the Mahoosuc Community Band, a fiddlers contest and Malinda Liberty and the Silver and Lace Band.

The 11th annual Old-Time Fiddlers Contest is open to fiddlers of all ages. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m. More than $700 in cash prizes will be awarded.

ARTirondack chairs up for auction at 3 p.m. can be viewed online at www.mahoosucarts.org and at locations throughout the area. There is also the 25th annual Western Maine Frog-Jumping Contest and the 14th annual Great Duck Race at the Artist’s Covered Bridge on the Sunday River. Fireworks conclude the day.

For more information, contact the Mahoosuc Arts Council office at 824-3575. For a listing of all the events, visit www.mahoosucarts.org.

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