By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer
FARMINGTON — The first Foothills Fest showcases the area, the people and their talents.
Foothills Fest, sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Farmington Fairgrounds.
“The Chamber wanted to add something new and different to the summer schedule going on in the area,” Penny Meservier, executive director, said. “It highlights the talent, artisans, businesses and what we have to offer here. The Foothills Festival is a celebration of who we are.”
The day offers live music, demonstrations, entertainment, food and beverages.
“I think everyone will enjoy ending summer at the Foothills Festival. We’ll have live music playing all day and encourage folks to bring their lawn chairs for the performances, and enjoy a meal from one of the four food trucks attending,” Michael Blanchet, Chamber president, said. “I’m also looking forward to the many unique demonstrations taking place, from pigeon racing, beekeeping to raising alpacas, its a wide range of topics that will appeal to many!”
For those who like a challenge, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course will be available just for fun, Meservier said.
“Challenge your friends,” she said.
A line up of local musicians begins with Mark Gentle from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Crime Scene follows from 12 to 2 p.m.; Travis Cyr from 2 to 4 p.m. and The Usual Suspects from 4 to 6 p.m.
Maine Warden Chris McCabe of North Woods Law will greet people as will Cory and Stormy from WCSH 6. A National Guard tank, for children to explore, and a Stanley Steamer, ready for photo ops, will also be there.
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The live demonstrations include Scott Landry and his pigeon racing at 10:30 a.m.; Robins Flower Pot at 11 a.m.; beekeeping with Russell Black at noon; reflexology with Rainbow Alternatives at 12:30 p.m.; healthy snack options with Ashley Montgomery at 2 p.m. and alpacas from Justa Alpaca Farm at 3 p.m., she said.
A K-9 police dog demo takes place at 1 p.m. and a beer goggle demo with Farmington Police Department at 2 p.m.
The festival will offer a small petting zoo with goats and rabbits and a fish aquarium showcasing fish from Fish N Play, she said.
More than 35 vendors are expected to highlight their talents with sales of natural soaps, necklaces, purses, aprons and more, Meservier said.
Local businesses will offer displays and services. Farmington Ford will display some vehicles; Sparks Hearing will offer hearing evaluations and the Healthy Community Coalition van will also be there among others.
Some have raffles and games planned. County Seat Realty will raffle off a playhouse with proceeds benefiting a local charity, she said.
Safe Voices will award prizes for best answers to trivia questions.
Festival goers can also play Bizopoly with Chamber members. Visit booths with corresponding games pieces and enter the completed game card to win Chamber Bucks.
Four food trucks including Kabayan Philippine Food, Truckin’ Good Food, Grant Lee’s and Fiddlestick Farm Ravioli will be available.
There will also be a beer and wine garden where people can go in, purchase a beverage and still see and hear the music, she said.
Admission to the festival is $5; kids under 12 are free. Admission includes parking and the obstacle course.
Sponsors, Franklin Savings Bank and Skowhegan Savings, are helping to make the festival happen.
“I would like to thank our committee for their many months of work bringing this all together. It will be a fun community event for all ages,” Blanchet said.