2017-08-04 / In the Know

SummerFest is right around the corner

By Nicole Hall Special to the Leader

Just as families are preparing for the back-to-school season, Scarborough Community Services is getting ready for the town’s largest and most popular special event, SummerFest.

Held on the third Friday in August for the past 20 years, SummerFest has functioned as one of the best places to get together with friends and neighbors one last time to celebrate a wonderful summer and the start of a new school year.

Another goal of this annual event is to assist local nonprofits, including service organizations, school sports groups, and several local churches, with their fundraising efforts. Event vendors offer everything from fun activities, games and crafts to dinner and dessert items, or raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes.

This year’s SummerFest is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the high school baseball/softball complex. We are all hoping for great weather and a great crowd.

Along with our tried-and-true vendors who come year after year, we have some new groups and offerings for 2017.

The Gym Dandies will dazzle the crowd with their famous juggling activities and will also be selling Gym Dandy apparel and merchandise.

The Energy Committee of Scarborough will work with ecoMaine to assist in waste management at Summer- Fest. The goal is to cut down on overall waste by separating recyclables, food scraps, and traditional trash.

Looking for more activities for the kids to do?

Along with carnival games, activities, contests and crafts, there will also be a climbing wall and air jumper combo, a giant inflatable slide, an inflatable obstacle course, and a kiddie train roaming the field.

Andy Happel Plus 3G will perform for us once again on the main stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Andy Happel, a Scarborough resident, is a concert violinist and fiddler who has shared the stage with symphonies, pop stars and country music luminaries alike and has toured extensively with the likes of Guster, Train, Matchbox 20 and the Dave Matthews Band.

As an added bonus, the Scarborough Strings, a local youth string group started by Happel, will open the show with a performance for everyone.

Need a little more bedazzlement in your life?

Stop by the Scarborough Key Club’s booth for temporary and henna tattoos, as well as face painting. Or stop by the LuLaRoe booth to find some unique and oh-so-comfortable leggings, dresses and shirts.

We will finish the evening with a spectacular 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 found on the town’s website: www.scaboroughmaine.org/departments/community-services/ special-events.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Aug. 18. The rain date is Aug. 19.

Nicole Hall is administrative assistant for Scarborough Community Services.

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