2015-07-16 / Front Page

Fun, food on tap for Alfred Festival

By TAMMY WELLS | Senior Staff Writer

ALFRED — It is summer and time for community festivals and celebrations, where neighbors can get together over a chicken dinner or park their lawn chairs together to watch a parade, and York County's Shiretown is no exception.

What began as Alfred Festival Day, several years ago, has expanded and in recent years to include events the Friday proceeding the big day and on the Sunday morning following Saturday's day-long events.

Alfred Festival kicks off Friday for a chili, chowder and pie challenge under the tent in front of Alfred town hall on Saco Road at 5 p.m. And since no summer festival event is complete without a little music, jazz and blues singer Linda Pouliot will entertain accompanied by Charlie Jennison on the piano.

On Saturday, Massabesic Lions Club hosts a pancake breakfast 6-10 a.m. and a road race or walk, depending, perhaps, on the number of pancakes consumed, steps off at 8 a.m.

Kids can enjoy “Curious Creatures,” a bounce house, “Mad Science,” pony rides, a Build-A-Project sponsored by Lowe's, and facepainting with a Princess Elsa on the lawn of York County Court House, while food and crafts vendors will be plying their wares starting at 9 a.m. and winding down at 1 p.m. in the village center area near the Town Hall. As well, there's a library book sale, a penny auction, a show of antique cars, and a performance by Northern Explosion Cloggers and the Kennebunk River Trio.

Alfred Village Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Grand Parade commences at 10 a.m., led by Grand Marshal Martha Roberts.

A tractor pull takes place Saturday and Sunday on Swett's Bridge Road.

Folks with a hankering for Maine's most famed foodstuff - lobster - can enjoy one at the festival, or choose chicken instead, at a 5 p.m. dinner catered by Oak Street Bistro. Tickets may be reserved by calling George Donovan at 252-4976.

On Sunday, Alfred Conservation Commission and the Parish Paddlers host a potluck picnic featuring local foods at Brother's Beach at noon.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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