Summer Fest returns to Farmington July 31. In the afternoon several children’s events will take place in Meetinghouse Park including balloon art such as seen here at a prior Summer Fest. Livermore Falls Advertiser file photo

FARMINGTON — After not being held last year because of COVID-19, Summer Fest returns on July 31.

Most events will be in Meetinghouse Park or at the Narrow Gauge Drive-In although the farmers market will be held in the courthouse parking lot across from the park as usual.

“No streets will be closed off,” organizer Susun Terese said Tuesday, July 13. “None of the events that happened in the streets are taking place.”

A committee of Dr. Erika Schumacher, her sister Pattie Huston, Terese and others have done a bunch of work on the planning, Terese said. Tons of people are involved, she added.

“We started really late, not knowing how COVID was going to pan out for this year,” Terese said. “We didn’t know we could do it until June, didn’t do the big planning we usually do.”

Crafters and other vendors will be set up at Narrow Gauge Drive-In from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Space is still available. To sign up, visit, click on craft fairs and choose July 31. The table fee can be paid online or those without access may sign up during business hours at Minikins on Broadway.

During the craft fair there will be musical performances by Gambol Creek, Merry-Go-Roundup and Tumbledown. Visit the Farmington Summer Fest Facebook page for times and more information.

“We wanted to make it more like Summer Fest and less like the usual craft fair,” Terese said.

In the morning there will be an obstacle course challenge on Leib Field off Front Street and a free yard sale at the Franklin County Children’s Task Force office on Church Street. The farmers market will also be set up then.

At noon children’s fest events begin in the park. Included will be a corn hole tournament, hay wagon and firetruck rides, balloon art, face painting and henna tattooing.

From 12 to 2 p.m. there will be a talent show for those 25 years of age or younger. Acts should be less than five minutes. Amplification will be available or bring your own. Email [email protected] to sign up or stop in at Minikins.

Lindsey Mower’s Natural High Jumble interactive musical show will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, vegan iced chai by Sat Manav Yoga Ashram, snow cones from New Hope Baptist Church and root beer floats from Mt. Blue’s Blue Crew robotics team may be purchased. Robotics demonstrations will also be given.

At 4 p.m. the focus again shifts to Narrow Gauge Drive-In. Crooked Bill will perform until 5:30 p.m. Matt and the Barn Burners will take the stage from 6 to 8 p.m.

Fireworks over Prescott Field are set to go off at 9 p.m. followed by a drive-in movie special at 9:30 p.m. Information on what the movie will be won’t be known until later, Terese said.

“For $10 a carload, people can buy a ticket to the movie,” she noted. “People can park their car at the drive-in, walk over to see the fireworks then come back to enjoy the movie.”

Additional information and updates may be found on the Summer Fest Facebook page.

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