Harpswell Festival: Food, fireworks, music, boat races

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HARPSWELL — Organizers are gearing up for the seventh annual Harpswell Festival, which will be held July 24-25 at Mitchell Field.

The festival will feature food, music and fireworks on July 24. On Sunday, July 25, the popular lobster boat races will be held, this time within full view of shore spectators.

Musical performances begin Saturday at 11 a.m. with the headlining band, Motor Booty Affair, a disco dance band, scheduled to hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will follow the band’s set.

The lobster boat races will be held on Middlebay, allowing festival goers to watch from Mitchell Field. In the past the races have been held at Potts Harbor, where the races could be seen only by spectators in boats or with permission to access private property in the area.

Tom Allen, one of the festival’s organizers, said about 100 spectator boats were expected to tie up near the finish line, adjacent the Mitchell Field pier.

Music, food, dancing and family friendly events will dominate the festival itself. A parade will also be held at 1 p.m.

Kids activities will include a dunk tank, bungee jumping, T-Shirt decorating and a giant slide.

For adults, a classic car show will be held, along with yoga classes on Saturday. The festival will also have craft and artisan exhibits on both days, and a pie-baking contest on Saturday.

Local non-profit groups will serve a variety of foods, including lobster rolls, hot dogs and hamburgers. Other professional vendors will also be at the event.

The Mitchell Field beach will be open throughout the two-day festival.

Admission to the festival is free. Allen said organizers ask for donations, which often go to offsetting the cost of the event.

“The festival is really a venue for other non-profits and local businesses,” he said.

For more information, including directions and a full schedule of events, visit the festival website, www.harpswellfestival.org, or to to Facebook, http://bit.ly/bZOq6O.

Steve Mistler can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 123 or smistler@theforecaster.net