By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer
NEW SHARON — Building on last year’s success, the second annual Prince Baker Day will be celebrated Saturday with even more activities.
The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, with a bike and carriage parade at the town office. The day ends at 11 p.m. with a live music dance from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring Dime Store Heroes at Pitcher Perfect Tire.
Over 200 people came to the first Prince Baker Day last year, Darlene Power, festival organizer, said. She expects even more this year.
Some new features this year, a second water slide for children under seven years, a football throw, a Kid Fun Run one-mile foot race sponsored by the New Sharon library, fire truck rides, a costumed street performer and professional clowns will mingle among the crowd, she said.
The Dunk Tank promises to be a popular spot as Sheriff Scott Nichols and Regional School Unit Superintendent Tom Ward await a dunking.
One-dollar provides two balls to try to dunk the sheriff or superintendent. The donations from this will go to Debbie Donald Tracy who is fighting cancer, she said.
Since Douin’s Market promotes New Sharon as the “home of the brownie whoopie pie,” it seemed appropriate for a whoopie pie baking contest to join the whoopie pie eating contest this year, she said.
Three judges are ready to assess all kinds of whoopie pies based on texture, appearance and flavor. The baking contest is sponsored by the New Sharon Historical Society and begins at 11 a.m.
A $20 gift certificate is ready for the most original whoopie pie and Douin’s will award a $30 prize for the best brownie whoopie pie. The first prize winner earns a $50 gift certificate; the second a $30 gift certificate and third place, a $20 gift certificate, all redeemable at Mixed Up, she said.
The whoopie pie eating contest, sponsored by Douin’s Market, begins at 2 p.m.
Once again, Sandy River General Store will provide hot dogs for Fire Chief John Welch to grill. These are free for festival goers, she said.
The New Sharon Grange will sell ice cream.
Tim Fogg Food Concession – the Trucking Good Food – will also be on hand for the day’s activities and move on to Pitcher Perfect Tire for the dance, she said.
A scavenger hunt on the town office grounds takes place along with a bounce house, slingshot gallery, face painting, horseshoes, music and karaoke and Georgia Tolman’s Snow Shoe Relacing, she said.
The Roger Lyford Smith Soap Box Derby begins at 4:30 p.m. on Lane Road. The Historical Committee event is sponsored by Pitcher Perfect Tire. Specifications are on the town’s Facebook page.
At 7 p.m., a short history of Prince Baker, New Sharon’s earliest settler, and a video presentation of “The People Act New Sharon Builds A School – 1949-1950” will be shown at the church next door. Nancy Porter of Farmington researched the story of the former school which burned and was rebuilt at the site where the town office is now.
“It’s pretty interesting,” she said. “Nancy has local people talking about the school fire.”
Randomly, throughout the day, Power will draw 17 raffle winners for a variety of prizes. Winners have to be present to take the prize, she said.
The grand prize, valued at $300, is a homemade jewelry chest made by Forrest Bonney and a $105 gift certificate from Mainestone Jewelry.
Members of the Historical Committee wanted to bring back a summer festival like the town used to enjoy. It was a way to honor this founding settler and engage the town’s history in to the day, Power previously said.
“The township of New Sharon was granted to Prince Baker by the State of Massachusetts in 1791. The area settled so rapidly that in 1794 it was incorporated,” according to town history in “History of Maine.”
The event will take place rain or shine. Some events are located inside the town office and some outside around the grounds.