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

This also is Kingfield Bicentennial Celebration year, and the weekend brought thousands to the small rural town. Saturday’s parade theme was “Kingfield Characters, Past and Present,” and contestants offered some creative interpretations on that theme.

Leading the parade were Bud and Dise Dunham, who were chosen as this year’s Honored Couple, according to volunteer organizer Diane Christen. The award is well-deserved, she said.

“Bud and Dise work behind the scenes and help out where and when they’re needed,” Christen said. “They’ve touched a lot of people’s lives.”

Christen’s son, David, drove the family’s Farm-All 1948 Super C tractor, in honor of his late father, Bob, and all the others who plowed and hayed the fields in this community. Several other antique tractors and automobiles joined the procession.

The Ski Museum, Stanley Museum and the Kingfield Historical Society 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.

Featured at the Historical Society was a collection of digital images that had been scanned from glass plates. The plates were part of the Richard French collection and were taken from 1880 through 1940, according to curator Kirsten Brown Burbank. They offered a rare glimpse of rural Kingfield life and its citizens, a nice highlight to the town’s 2016 bicentennial celebration.

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.

At 10 a.m., several groups of Civil War re-enactors will revisit the Kingfield Rebellion of 1863, when many of the town’s citizens protested sending their men to fight.

Join the skillet toss competition at noon, and check the town’s Facebook page for other activities throughout the day.


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