2015-07-31 / In the Know

Town’s annual SummerFest is coming up fast

By Nicole Hall Special to the Leader

Before the kids head back to school and family schedules get hectic again, Scarborough Community Services provides one last gathering to celebrate summer at its best.

Held every year since 1997, SummerFest is the biggest town-sponsored special event, serving as the endof summer “get-together” for many Scarborough families and for those students heading back to school and off to college.

The event also functions as an annual fundraiser for many local nonprofits, including local service organizations, school sports groups, and many local churches. Event vendors offer everything from fun activities, games, and crafts to food and dessert items.

This year’s SummerFest is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21, and all parties involved are hoping for the same great weather we had for the last few years.

Along with our tried-and-true vendors who come year after year, we have some new groups and offerings for 2015:

The First Congregational Church will be offering a photo booth, complete with goofy props. Make sure to stop by and snap a picture with your friends or family.

Ancient Fire Henna will be joining us this year to offer henna tattoos. Unlike tattoos, henna is a stain that doesn’t invade the skin – no needles at all! It is similar to frosting a cake and is painless and quite relaxing. With frequent moisturizing a henna tattoo can last up to three weeks.

Fontaine Family Real Estate will be offering child fingerprinting ID kits. These kits are a proven tool to promote child safety and awareness.

An ambitious young Scarborough student will be holding a Juggling for Haiti show. Please be sure to stop by and support her efforts to raise funds and awareness for Haiti.

Looking for more activities for the kids to do? Along with carnival games and activities offered by local sports groups, we are expecting a petting zoo and a kiddie train.

The Scarborough Fire Department will be conducting American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR lessons and demonstrations for the public.

Montgomery Road Band will be playing on the main stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This six-piece band plays what they like to call “boomer rock,” a mix of rock ‘n’ roll and country tunes that many grew up with and love.

They are all about good friends and good music, so they are a perfect fit for SummerFest!

As always, the event will wrap up with a fantastic fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Please be sure to bring your blanket or folding chair and find your spot early.

Scarborough Community Services hopes all nonprofits, booster groups, and commercial vendors will take advantage of such a large gathering of the community and commit to a designated booth space as soon as possible.

Vendor applications may be picked up in the Community Services Office or accessed on the town’s website: www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/ community-services/special events.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Aug. 21.

For more information, contact me at nhall@ci.scarborough.me.us or 730- 4150.

Nicole Hall is secretary/receptionist for Scarborough Community Services.

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