Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mark those calendars - Summerfest is rapidly approaching - By Michelle Libby

With a week left until Windham Summerfest, organizations, businesses and the Summerfest committee are scurrying around to gather volunteers, purchase supplies and organize last minute details to make this year’s event the best one yet. 

Summerfest is an annual fair and community event that brings together all of Windham for a fun, entertaining time, where food is plentiful and people are there to have a great time. It is all located on the Windham High School complex. 

This year there will be new additions to the line up on the main stage. Motion Man entertains the children and families at 12:30 p.m. with everything from balloon twisting to magic and illusions. New bands include Air Away, made up of local high school students and Country Roads, a country band. There will also be a So You Think You Can Zumba contest featuring local Zumba instructors and students. 

The first event of the day will be the car show, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast sandwiches will be available for purchase in front of the high school and along the parade route.
The awards for the car show will be at 2 p.m. in front of the high school. 

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the rotary of Route 302 and Route 202 and continue to Windham High School. The time of the parade is big difference for this year. Fundraisers have been happening for the last few months from recycling cans and bottles to a Bob Marley show last Thursday night, the community has been showing its support for the annual community event. 
Windham Police officers Sgt. Bill Andrew and Steve Stubbs will do a K-9 demonstration at 4:14 p.m. with their dogs Grinko and Vader. For a photo listing all the events, visit Windham Summerfest on Facebook. 

This year Landing Real Estate and Robie Builders will be the event sponsors as well as a host of other businesses stepping up to help support Summerfest. 

“Don’t miss this year’s event. It brings the town together,” said Summerfest chair Kelly Mank. “Summerfest allows Windham businesses, non-profit organizations and community members to get together and share what it means to live, work and play in Windham.”

For last minute sign ups or questions, contact anyone on the Summerfest committee, including Kelly, Niels Mank (logistics), Robin Mullins (fundraising), Ben Schultz (parade), Deb Matthews (vendor booths), and Rick Sanborn (business expo). 

The carnival opens at 10 a.m. and the event will close with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. provided by Central Maine Pyrotechnics.

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