AUGUSTA – The Maine Elks Association is planning a special event for pre-teen children, Youthfest 2005, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Augusta Elks Lodge (rain or shine).

The event is open to pre-teen children who are disabled or disadvantaged, or children of military families who have a parent serving on active duty overseas or have recently returned. The purpose is to provide these special children with a day of fun and entertainment at no cost to families.

Several children’s organizations have been invited to attend, including the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Area Big Brother/Big Sister organizations, Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers, Androscoggin Head Start, Pine Tree Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Spurwink School, Salvation Army, Maine Special Olympics, A Family for ME, CWTI and the March of Dimes, as well as other organizations that support disabled and disadvantaged children.

The event will feature carnival games, face painting, pony rides, field games, a hoop shoot, soccer shoot, music, animated characters, clowns, bounce houses, a bicycle drawing and food.

It will also feature a visit by “Slugger the Seadog” of the Portland Seadogs and a performance by the comedy/juggling group, “The Odd Company.”

Anyone who has an organization that supports children who are disabled or disadvantaged, anyone who has a child who is disabled or disadvantaged and would like to attend, or for more information, contact Wayne or Kathleen Cotterly at 998-2282 or Bob Drisko at 582-6659.

For more information on the Maine Elks Association, visit

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