LIVERMORE FALLS – The 2008 Apple Pumpkin Festival will bring performers of country, jazz, bluegrass, folk and ’50s music; vendors and craft artisans; fun for the kids; and, of course, an apple/pumpkin pie baking contest.

The festival put on by the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, mostly at the town’s recreational field.

This year, music will be provided at two venues: the recreation field and the gazebo.

The festival also features stock cars on display, an apple/pumpkin adventure race and a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion hall on Reynolds Avenue. The adventure race has three parts: kayaks, bikes and running. It will start at 8:30 a.m., with registration at 7:30 at Spruce Mountain Ski Slope.

The judging of pies will be at 10:30 a.m. Slices will be sold after the judging, with proceeds benefiting the Linda Latham Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Here is the lineup of performers at the gazebo:

Lolalee & the Country Bandits: at 10 a.m. Members are Lolalee Dillingham, Dick Moreau, Terry Moore, Arthur Benedetto and Larry Wright. They reside in South Paris, Jay and Livermore Falls. The group has been together for two years, but a senior member has been playing since the ’40s. They play a variety of music, including old and new country, big band sounds, rock ‘n’ roll, Cajun and bluegrass.

Silver and Gold: at 11:30 a.m. Louise Parker of Moose Hill and Laurence (Put) Pare of Livermore have been entertaining together for 10 years. Two years ago, Maurice Beaule of Leeds joined them. They perform old country music, jigs and reels, and favorites from the ’50s.

The Country Drifters: at 1 p.m. Gary Leet started the band in the ’70s. Today, members, besides Leet on vocals and rhythm, are Tim Sprague, lead vocalist and rhythm; Gabe Tonon, lead guitar and vocalist; Brian Warren, bass; Brenda Miller mandolin and vocalist; and Lorri Jo Wilson, back-up singer. They play traditional country music, including some originals.

Barry Wood: at 2:30 p.m. Wood has played throughout New England over the past 57 years. His roots are in country, but he also plays soft rock, jazz and old standards. Wood has won 30-plus awards, including ones from the Down East and the Maine Country Music associations, and has won Instrumentalist of the Year in a competition in Tennessee for three consecutive years.

Here is the lineup of performers at the recreation field:

Native Oak: at 10 a.m. The band has been playing since 1995 and specializes in songs of harmony, songs of the ’50s to the ’80s, folk, a cappella and instrumentals, as well as some original works. From the Farmington area, Native Oak members include Bill Colwell, lead singer and mandolin; Randy Gauvin, guitar and harmony; and Paul Soucie, bass guitar and harmony.

The Melodears: at 11 a.m. This band formed in high school in the mid-1950s. After a hiatus of 50 years, three of the original group members, Diane Berry, Rae Perrault and Patty Doiron, decided to start singing together and included classmate Dianne Richard. They sing songs of the 1950s.

Mary Murphy: at noon. This Auburn resident, a musician and vocalist, has performed for more than 30 years. She has developed her own style of jazz, blues, rock, folk, classic country and Celtic, plus originals. She sings in English and in French.

White Dove: at 1 p.m. This multiaward-winning country gospelgroup formed in 2005. Members are Duane and Darleen Waterman of Livermore and Belinda Winter of Jay. The Watermans originally started with a country band in 1997 and evolved their sound into country-gospel.

Sammie Angel: at 2 p.m. This resident of Dixfield, formerly of Wilton, is a seasoned professional musician and vocalist with 36 years experience. She has worked with several stars, including Reba McIntire, Sonny James and Bo Didley. She likes the old country music.


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