2-day Harpswell Festival kicks off July 25

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HARPSWELL — The sixth annual Harpswell Festival begins Saturday, July 25, at Mitchell Field.

The festival will span a day and a half and will feature fireworks, food, kids’ activities and live music at the scenic venue. The event kick offs at 5 p.m. on July 25. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. that night.

It continues Sunday, July 26, at 11 a.m. with a wide variety of events and activities, including a rock climbing wall and bungee jumping. Two stages will accommodate a variety of bands playing jazz, folk and blues.

Again this year, visitors will have access to Mitchell Field’s sandy beach and Middle Bay.

In addition to live music, there will be dance exhibitions throughout the second day of the festival. Activities will pause for the Festival Parade at 1 p.m., which will feature giant puppets of Harpswell’s historical figures.

The 10-foot tall puppets will include Adm. Peary (first to the North Pole), Hannah Stover (the Witch of Harpswell) and a lobsterman. The puppets were constructed by local artists with assistance from Nance Parker of Shoestring Theater and made possible through a grant from the Maine Arts Council.

Local non-profit organizations will provide most of the food, which includes lobster dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, lobster rolls and other summer favorites. Traditional carnival food will also be available, including fried dough, French fries, fish and chips, and soda drinks.

For more information, driving directions, or to volunteer, visit harpswellfestival.org