Scarborough Summerfest marks 20th year

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SCARBOROUGH — The town will hold its 20th annual SummerFest celebration on Friday, Aug. 19, from 5-10 p.m. As usual the event will close with a fireworks show, which begins at 9:15 p.m..

The festivities also include the annual road race, live music, food, games and more. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public and takes place at the sports complex next to the high school. The rain date is Saturday, Aug. 20.

Nicole Hall, from Community Services, which sponsors SummerFest, said that while this year’s event will include “activities, games and food items that (attendees have come to) count on seeing year after year, we also have new offerings, which keeps things engaging and keeps folks coming back for more.”

Among the new groups participating this year is the Gym Dandies Children’s Circus, which will show off its juggling and unicycling skills, along with operating a dunk tank throughout the evening. In addition, Julie Kukenberger, Scarborough’s new superintendent of schools, will be meeting and greeting residents while also offering face painting.

The Scarborough Public Library will offer kids a chance to try out Dot and Dash robots that teach kids how to code. Other activities on tap include carnival games, pony rides, a climbing wall, a giant inflatable slide and henna tattoos, among others.

Throughout the evening, the crowd will be entertained by a strolling magician, along with balloon twisting by Party Palooga and a performance by Andy Happel & 3G, who will be on the main stage from 7-9 p.m.

“SummerFest began in 1997 as a way to celebrate installation of the new lights at the Clifford Mitchell Sport Complex,” Hall said. “Fast-forward 20 years and it’s turned into an end-of-summer celebration for many Scarborough residents. It’s also a great place to gather with friends, families and neighbors (and for) many high school graduates, this is the last event they attend with their friends before heading to college.”

Hall said, “We hope that everyone attending gets to enjoy a little bit of everything.”

Riding on Thomas the Train is just one of the many fun activities for kids and families at Scarborough’s annual SummerFest celebration.