KINGFIELD — Volunteers pulled together another spectacular Kingfield Festival Days, with four days of nonstop action, Thursday to Sunday.

For those who liked a quieter pace, the quilt, photo and flower shows drew appreciative audiences. Those who preferred a little more noise and action cheered the Mardi Gras-themed Grand Parade on Saturday and the Western Maine Mountains Mud Football Challenge Cup.

The parade theme was Mardi Gras, and contestants offered some creative interpretations. Tranten’s Family Market took first place, and the organizing committee was the judges’ second choice. Third place went to a 1942 Chevrolet pickup truck, organizer Jodi Marsden said.

At the Kingfield Historical Society, Kirsten Brown Burbank displayed an exhibit of Chansonetta Stanley Emmon’s photographs and paintings. Photographs in the late 1800s and early 1900s were developed from glass negatives, and her brothers Freelan and Francis Stanley invented and operated a dry plate developing process that they sold in 1905 to Eastman Kodak. Their sister’s photographs of rural life, landscapes and people had been stored in boxes, and the Historical Society recently made them available to the public, Burbank said.

This year, the organizers decided to honor a resident and a business for dedication and work to make the town a wonderful place to live, Marsden said. The committee selected Tammy Goldfrank and Jordan Lumber for the first Gratitude Award. Goldfrank has been a tireless volunteer and organizer of many of the town’s activities, including years of putting together the annual summer festival.

Jordan Lumber has supported area activities, including youth sports, and the award was a way to show appreciation from the close-knit community, Marsden said.

Ruthie Gusler of Phillips showed her grace and agility in her gymnastics performance at the Kingfield Has Talent competition on Sunday.

Ruthie Gusler of Phillips showed her grace and agility in her gymnastics performance at the Kingfield Has Talent competition on Sunday.

From left, Megan Spaulding, Linsey Bachelder, Evan Bachelder, Lee Bachelder and Michelle Shirley took home ribbons in the Kingfield Festival Days skillet toss on Sunday. Contestants scored based on the distance and the accuracy of their throws. Eleven-year-old Spaulding’s 33-foot throw was the farthest and most accurate.

The Western Maine Mountains Mud Football Challenge Cup brought several generations of competitors to Kingfield over the weekend for a rough but friendly competition. The annual tradition started in the early 1970s and brings together teams from Maine and New Hampshire, and all the donations from spectators support the teams’ local charities.

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