FARMINGTON — Summer Fest just keeps on growing in downtown Farmington.

Two days of “Old Tyme Fun” will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 21, and continue from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 22.

Music and performers, over 50 exhibitors showcasing food, artisans and displays, races, food trucks, a children’s parade and more pack the days as outlined in a new 20-page brochure available at Minikins on Broadway.

Four musical stations will offer live entertainment featuring area musicians all day Saturday.  

The Old Crow Indian Band will top off the festival with a performance at 6 p.m. to commemorate their 65th year.

Farmington’s Got Talent, a show for all ages and all acts, returns with cash prizes this year, Susun Terese, festival organizer, said. Judges are Deelight Zitzelberger, Pat Reynolds and Gloria McGraw.


The show will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, in Meetinghouse Park and will be followed by a concert featuring Seagrass at 7:30 p.m. Music with Marcel Chamby starts the festival off Friday at 3 p.m. in the park.

The Old Courthouse Food Court will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, she said.

This year, Cousin’s Lobster Truck joins El Toro Mexican Grill, the Blue Crew Root Beer Floats, the Buckwheat Project, a Crepe Bar and Meg’s Sweets in the food court.

A Punch and Judy Puppet Show by Shoestring Theatre from Portland will perform at noon Saturday in Meetinghouse Park. 

Before the show, a children’s parade featuring pirates and mermaids starts at 11 a.m. at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force on Church Street. Staff from the Task Force is organizing the parade this year. It will go down Broadway to Main and to the park where other events for children take place. It is free to enter and all children are welcome to line up at 10:30 a.m.

New this year is a veterans booth where World War II veteran and author Paul Marshall, 92, will sign and sell copies of his book, “Maine Boy Goes to War.” Marshall served as a medic in Europe.


Members of the Farmington Downtown Association, the festival sponsor, will man an informational booth Saturday. People can sign up for a drawing of prizes there, she said. Prizes include lobster from Mosher’s Seafood, a $50 gift certificate from Good Times Unlimited and a one-night stay at Comfort Inn.

Among the highlights Saturday:

• The Steel Drum Band, Flash! In the Pans, returns this year only at an early time. They will play at 1 p.m. Saturday on Broadway. 

* The Blue Crew Robotic Team at Mt. Blue High School will sell root beer floats and demonstrate their robots, one of which can climb ropes.

• The Spandits road race to benefit Mt. Blue High School cross country teams, returns with a new race. The kids’ 1-mile race starts at 5 p.m., the 5K at 6:30 p.m., and new this year is an open one-mile race at 6 p.m.

• The Farmer’s Market will be spread along Court Street Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

• The Dreamin’ Big Bed Race takes place at 7 p.m. on Broadway.

•  Along with store sales, activities include a dunk tank at Pine Tree Cellular, firetruck rides, horse and wagon rides, a picnic on the lawn at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church and pie Old South’s Holman House.

Maurice Romanyshyn, left, and Auley Romanyshyn, along with their mother, Susie Dennison, all of Temple, entertained a crowd at a previous Summer Fest in Farmington by dancing around on stilts. 

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