Summer Fest will feature a variety of games for children in Meetinghouse Park on Saturday, July 27. Submitted photo

FARMINGTON — Another great line-up for Saturday, July 27 promises to bring excitement and “Old Tyme Fun” to downtown Farmington for the 55th annual mid-summer event.

Summer Fest 2019 is organized and run by the Farmington Downtown Association Summer Fest Committee and made possible by the generosity of many local citizens and businesses.

Broadway and Church Street will be closed off all day on Saturday to accommodate vendors, demonstrations, displays, music groups and other entertainment.

Meetinghouse Park will have children’s games and other activities.

The Franklin County employees parking lot on the corner of Main and Church Street will be the site for the Food Court, rest tents and one of four music stations.

The Food Court will feature Clint’s BBQ, Juicy J’s Lemonade and Eatery, Lady Huck Lobster Rolls, Island Cow Ice Cream and Carbon Catering, a new wood-fire grill pop-up food truck from Industry. On Broadway, there will be Sweet Life Kettle Corn, Slush Express, and Blue Crew Root Beer Floats.

Two music stations are located on either end of upper Broadway. At the East Station near the Old State Theater, the scheduled entertainers will be the Merry Plinksters at 10 a.m., Arizona Rose at 11:30 a.m., Flash! In the Pans at 1 p.m., Crooked Bill at 3 p.m. and the Sunday Project at 5 p.m.

At the “Central Station” on the western end of Broadway will be Randy Gauvin at 10 a.m., Gambol Creek at 11:30 a.m. and Stan & Dan at 3 p.m.

In the middle of Broadway at 4 p.m., Shiva Lila will entertain with percussion and Sanskrit chants. Old Gold will play at the Meetinghouse Park gazebo from 2 to 4 p.m.

Our fourth annual “Children’s Parade” will commence at 11 a.m., with line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force on Church Street. This year’s theme for the parade and “Old Tyme Fun” in the park is “Tropical Paradise.”

Ideas for costumes and decorations range from hula skirts to tropical fish and birds, luaus, tiki masks, palm trees, coconuts, etc. Children will march down Broadway to the traffic light and then head north on Main Street ending at Meetinghouse Park.

Events at the park will include a children’s Tiki Bar, a Beach Photo Booth, Shark Bait game, Festival Fun Zone, Treasure Wheel Spin, Giant Bubbles, Sno Cones and lots more!!

The committee is still looking for musicians with band instruments to lead the parade. (Contact information below.)

The Spandits 5K and Kid’s 1-mile run will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. to benefit the Mt. Blue High School Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Teams. Entrants may pre-register at www.spandits.com.

Other community events held on Saturday are the Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the District Courthouse parking lot, the Old South Church’s annual event, “Pie on the Porch” at the Holman House  from 1 to 4 p.m., and “Picnic on the Lawn” at the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Dressed as nerds, five young people prepare to float down the Sandy River Saturday during Summer Fest’s first Great Float Race in Farmington. The five took first place for their category of inflatables. Pictured from left are Makena Diaz, Olivia Paine, Austin Paine, Ronan Diaz and Cameron Eustis. Submitted photo

The Farmington Downtown Association organizes 5 main Summer Fest events: the Talent Show on Friday night, the History Mystery Scavenger Hunt Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Children’s Parade, the Great Float Race on the Sandy River at 1 p.m., and the Dreamin’ Big Bed Race at 7 p.m. on Broadway.

Other events sponsored by the Downtown Association are the free Historical Horse and Wagon rides with Paul Mills, Farmington’s historian extraordinaire; free fire truck rides offered by the Farmington Fire Department; Farmland Fun on the front lawn of the Pierce House with Fred and Matilda’s petting zoo; street performer Michael Smilek with “Mike Magic” and a traveling bicycle printshop with “Little Chair Printing” from Portland, Maine, offering on-sight printing and sale of Summer Fest T-shirts.

At 7 p.m. the Farmington Gem Award will be presented to an outstanding member of the community. This award is sponsored by Mainestone Jewelry. Nominations for a deserving citizen may be submitted to Mainestone Jewelry at 179 Broadway.

There are still a few spaces open for exhibitors. Vendors or promotional exhibits should apply soon.

For applications and any information on Summer Fest, please contact Susun at [email protected]  or stop by Minikins, 218 Broadway, Tuesday through Saturday.