KINGFIELD — The annual Kingfield Festival Days brings spooky fun to town this weekend.

The Zombie Apocalypse theme offers plenty of creative opportunities for parade floats and other activities over the three days.

Jodi Marsden, committee chairman, said the schedule is packed with annual favorites and new activities and performances. Nearly every event and entertainment venue is free.

Volunteers will set up a large tent at Depot and Main streets in the center of town, and most activities are in and around this area or within walking distance.

The Stitchers In The Snow will have a quilt display at the Methodist Church on High Street. The Ski Museum, Historical Society and Stanley Museum will also be open for the weekend. The mud football tournaments on the West Kingfield Road are a popular tradition, drawing big crowds on Saturday and Sunday.

“This year our photo contest is completely different,” Marsden said.

People can send their favorite photos of Kingfield Days, and the winning picture will become out the festival’s profile pictured on the Facebook page.

“The winner will receive Zombie Apocalypse medal and a gift certificate to the Farmington Underground,” she said.

The annual Cook-Off competition also is different this year, Marsden said. On Sunday at Webster Hall, cooks are invited to bring their best dishes for judging at 11 a.m.

“We are judging the best three dishes overall instead of having categories,” Marsden said.

First prize is a mail boat cruise on Casco Bay. Second prize is a ride on the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes narrow gauge railroad. The third-place winner gets a free alignment from Tire Warehouse.

On Friday night, the first Kingfield Man of the Year award will be presented at the ice cream social at 6 p.m. under the tent. A kickball tournament at the ballpark starts at 6:30 p.m., and the American Legion Post No. 61 will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at the Kingfield War Memorial.

Saturday’s festivities traditionally start at 8 a.m. at Jordan Lumber on Main Street, with free hot dogs, fries and sodas until noon or until they are gone. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Kingfield Historical Society on High Street will feature new photographs from the society’s collection, visits to Grandma’s Attic and an up-close view of a working forge. Sillanpaa’s Trading Post on Main Street will have a petting zoo, pony rides and other family activities all day.

Saturday’s parades are the highlights of the weekend. The Kids’ Parade starts at Depot Street at 9 a.m., and the Pet Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Sillanpaa’s Trading Post-Country Mutt on Main Street. The Zombie Apocalypse-themed Grand Parade starts at noon, with prizes for the judges’ choices in several categories.

For lunch, the traditional chicken barbecue under the tent will be available, and other vendors and restaurants will have plenty of other choices. The Quad Runners ATV Club will welcome all ages at Sled Shed at the south end of town for a chance at the dunk tank and fun on the inflatables. A croquet tournament for adults 21 and older will be played at the Steve Keenan course on Main Street from 1-4 p.m.

On Sunday morning, runners should register by 7:45 a.m. at Jordan Lumber parking lot for the early morning 5K Run/Walk and the Kids’ One-Mile Run on West Kingfield Road. At the tent, the Kingfield Has Talent competition starts at noon. The Skillet Throwing Contest starts at 1 p.m. at the Little League Field. Bring lawn chairs to the 2 p.m. Tumbledown concert at One Stanley Avenue.

For the full schedule, check the Kingfield Festival Days page on Facebook.


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