Moxie Festival begins flowing Friday


What: Moxie Festival

When: July 13-15

Where: Lisbon Falls

Moxie Festival begins flowing Friday

LISBON – Lisbon’s 24th annual 3-day Moxie Festival, with the theme “Moxie on Broadway,” gets under way Friday with a car wash at the Main Street Fire Station at 4 p.m., turkey supper at the Masonic Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and then an open house at Lisbon Historical Society Archives and Museum from 6 to 9 p.m.

The evening festivities include “The Spirit of the World” native American music, Imara and the Sahara Dancers doing belly dancing, both on the Main Street stage; and a family fun carnival at the fire department with a live fire demonstration, food and prizes. Also “Spirit of the Wild Pow-Wow” all day behind the high school.

The evening concludes with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The best location to view the display is at Mid-Town Shopping Plaza.

On Saturday, the Moxie Parade, billed as the largest in Maine, will stage on Capital Avenue in the Industrial Park in Lisbon Falls. Stepping off at 9 a.m., it will proceed downtown along Route 196 to the intersection of Route 125, turn left onto Main Street and end near South Street.

Company B of the 20th Maine, Civil War reenactors, will set up behind the MTM Center on School Street on Friday night for a 3-day Civil War reenactment beginning with reveille at 6 a.m. Saturday and on-going presentations through the day, continuing to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Other events on Saturday include the Moxie car display in the parking lot by Kennebec’s, petting zoo, tag sale at the Methodist Church and Grannie’s attic at the Nazarene Church.

The weekend also includes activities and events for young and old; a chance to visit Frank Anicetti’s Moxie Store (Kennebec’s); a 5-K road race begins behind Extra Mart at 7:30 a.m. rain or shine; a car show at the high school featuring antique cars, trucks, motorcycles; a Moxie Chuggin’ Contest on Main Street at 2 p.m., pony rides, face painting, a Moxie recipe contest, penny scramble, bubble gum blowing contest, painting exhibit at the historical society, local talent music revue at 3 p.m. followed by a Maine State Music Theater presentation and music under the Main Street tent by Rusty Romance, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Chief Worumbo’s Androscoggin Fun River Race gets under way at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Durham boat launch on Route 136, registration at 9 a.m. Also, a duck race on the Veterans Bridge in Lisbon village at 1:30 p.m.

The schedule, which includes other events not listed here, is subject to change. See the Web site for a full schedule and updates at