What is Maine's best summer festival?
Q: What is Maine’s best summer festival?
I love the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Having lived here for more than thirty years, I know that every organization here is able to raise funds during the festival’s three days. My grandkids, who live in New York, are now being introduced to this wonderful weekend as they start their summer visits.
I have fond memories of attending the Yarmouth Clam Festival. I always watched for Henrietta the Hen, and the girls from the Rhonda Johnson School of Baton marching in sparkly green leotards. Once we rode the Tilt-A-Whirl at the carnival, and I laughed hysterically to keep from screaming!
Mary E. McDermott
A week of St. John Valley festivals. The valley is a small place, but during the second week of August, nearly every town in the region hosts a festival. There’s the Oats and Barley Festival in Van Buren, the Acadian Festival in Madawaska, Le Festival Chautauqua in Frenchville, and the Ployes Festival in Fort Kent. Some years, there is a festival in St. Agatha during the same time period — the Long Lake SummerFest. It’s as hometown and quaint as they come, with street dances, eating contests, and other creative games, demonstrations, local crafters, and plenty of traditional foods.
Monica Pettengill Jerkins
The Bangor Folk Festival, where music, a mellow crowd, good food, fun, dancing, and friends combine on a beautiful riverfront in a vibrant little city. Late August weather can sometimes get quite cool, but the music and dancing really warm things up.
The North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland. It has class acts every year! It’s a great way to get your ya-yas out by the sea.
Stockton Springs, Maine
I would say Friendship Days, held on the last Saturday of July. This celebration brings summer and townspeople together in wonderful ways. It begins with a 5K road race early in the morning, a pancake breakfast, and decoration of the local floats. Then the parade begins. There are bake sales, and the fire department’s incredible lobster rolls, and fireworks over the harbor at the end of the day.
Nina M. Scott
Amherst, Massachusetts and Friendship, Maine
We love so many! The Rockland Summer Solstice Street Fair; Thomaston Fourth of July celebration; the Fairy House Festival, and the Union Fair and Maine Wild Blueberry Festival. The founders’ days in each small town are a treat, as well.
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