Saturday declared ‘Gems of Route 26 Day’

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PARIS — An three-year effort to bring attention to Route 26 attractions has an official day.

May 28 has been named “Gems of Route 26 Day” by towns along the corridor from Gray to Paris as a way to bring attention to the region’s attractions.

Based around the Poland Spring Resort, the day coincides with the annual Heritage Day at the resort as well as Memorial Day weekend.

The eight “gems” in the corridor are the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester, Poland Spring Resort, the Poland Spring Preservation Society, Poland Spring Preservation Park, the Poland Historical School House, Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls and McLaughlin Garden in Paris.

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At McLaughlin Garden, the day coincides with the Lilac Festival, which will include talks, walks, demonstrations and food. Admission is free. The festival runs May 27 to May 30.

In a request to Paris selectmen to declare Saturday as “Gems of Route 26 Day,” Poland Town Manager Dana Lee explained the reasoning behind the effort.

“We believe that by publicizing the Route 26 corridor, the Gems of 26 draws positive attention to all of our communities, and that we bring additional visitors to the area that may also frequent the variety of other stores, services, and businesses in the region,” Lee wrote.

For more information, visit gemsof26.com

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