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LAUNCH! 2019

June 12 - June 16

LAUNCH! 2019 is setting sail!

Fresh local seafood, nautical history and an array of events at locations throughout Kennebunk, Kennebunkport and Arundel will celebrate the community’s rich maritime history – one that continues to this day. Shipbuilding, lobstering and commercial fishing remain a vibrant part of the community.

Main events include:

Castaway Cove for Kids: It’s all hands on deck for this family friendly fest, feast and fun! Who doesn’t love bouncy houses, face painting and aquatic life touch tanks?

Captain’s Cook-Off: Watch local chefs turn Maine ingredients into a gourmet dish, and see one crowned the winner. Amateurs, professionals and even kids can enter their own cooking contest (entry to be cooked at home and then brought to the Waterhouse Center), with prizes awarded for best whoopie pie or best strawberry treat. Those who don’t want to cook can still taste all of the entries and vote for people’s choice winners, as well as enjoy the food truck court featuring local food trucks.

Lobster Bake: Think red and white tablecloths, lobster, corn and blueberry cobbler, all eaten along our working waterfront. Fun for the whole family!

Rock the Dock: But don’t fall in! This special VIP after-party will feature live music, specialty cocktails and small bites of delicious food at the Yachtsman Hotel and Marina Club. It’s the perfect way to end Saturday night and have a front-row seat for the boat parade!

River Lights Boat Parade: Let’s light up LAUNCH! with a boat parade featuring sparkling lights and fun decorations! After sunset, Saturday night. Dusk.

It will be an “all hands on deck” weekend with area hotels featuring nautically-themed packages, restaurants preparing their finest seafood delights, and local shops and boutiques showcasing unique and creative crafts and gifts. The weekend will evoke memories of yesteryear mixed with modern day style, sure to be fun for the entire family!

The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel Chamber looks forward to helping visitors plan their stay this June to set sail on this fantastic voyage! For information on hotel room availability and more event details, please call 207-967-0857.

Merchant Treasure Hunt: Collect a stamp from 10 of our 30 participating businesses for your chance at winning treasure! Pick up your treaure map at the chamber of any of the 30 participating shops and start your hunt! Return this stamped map to the Chamber Kiosk (1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, across from HB Provisions) or snap a picture of your completed map and send it to events@gokennebunks.com by 12 p.m. Sunday, June 18. From all entries we receive, we will choose one winner for each of the 30 prizes donated from these local businesses.

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June 12
June 16
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