KINGFIELD — Volunteers pulled together another spectacular Kingfield Festival Days, with new several events mixed in with traditional favorites.

The cribbage tournament, and the quilt, photo and flower shows drew appreciative audiences. Those who preferred a little more noise and action cheered the Grand Parade down Main Street, the Whatever Floats parade down the Carrabassett River and the mud football tournaments.

This year’s parade theme was “Kingfield — It’s All Natural,” and contestants offered some creative interpretations on that theme: Friendly cows, balloons, garden goods and Stanley Steamers earned cheers from the crowds lining the sidewalks.

The Ski Museum, Stanley Museum and the Kingfield Historical Society all opened their doors for free tours throughout the weekend, and the Friday Artwalk gave visitors a chance to meet artists and view an eclectic mix of paintings, photography, wearable art and practical wares.

Something new this year was the crowning of Miss Kingfield Days, a student chosen from among the entries submitted by staff at Kingfield Elementary School. The students were nominated for their community spirit, willingness to help others and quality of character.

Of all the nominees, eighth-grader Katherine Renshaw wrote the winning essay on how she would help her town. Traditionally, judges have chosen a Mrs. Kingfield, but organizer Diane Christen said the committee wanted to try something new. Renshaw was crowned on Friday evening, and the audience stayed for an ice cream social, a flag-burning ceremony and a dance.

Sunday morning starts with the annual 5K Run/Walk and the Kids’ One-Mile Run. Register at Jordan’s Lumber lot on Main Street. Walkers start at 7:55 a.m..; runners start at 8:20 a.m.; and kids start at 9 a.m. on the West Kingfield Road.

Poland Spring Bottling Plant’s open house, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers tours of the plant, children’s activities, refreshments and music. A skillet-throwing contest at 2 p.m. at the Little League field on the West Kingfield Road will challenge men and women to toss that frying pan farther and straighter than the competition.

Following the skillet toss, cooks will bring their best recipes to be judged and sampled. The mud football championship games run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those wanting to try pickleball, head to Jordan Lumber’s parking lot at 3:30 p.m. to learn the rules and give it a try.


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