River Fest 2015
August 4-9, Downtown Skowhegan
River Fest 2015 is a multi-day event that celebrates recreation and life on the Kennebec River. It's sponsored by Skowhegan Savings, and organized by Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan Savings, Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce, Run of River committee. It illustrates the potential of the Kennebec River Gorge as a recreational destination, currently under development by the Run of River Project. See the River Fest Facebook page and the schedule of events for details.

2015 Tentative Schedule of Events


Date

Event

Description

Location

Time

Tues, August 4

Lion's Club Chicken BBQ

The long-running and popular chicken barbecue hosted by the Lion's Club is back again this year! Meal tickets include one half barbequed chicken using the Lions special recipe, cole slaw, chips, roll and butter, bottled water, and whoopie pie.

Big Top

Lunch 11AM & Dinner 5PM

Tues, August 4

Classic Car Cruise-In

Classic, restored, and modified cars from the area will be on display.

Big Top

4:30PM

Tues, August 4

Skowhegan Community Band Concert

The Skowhegan Community Band will be under the big top playing the classics while you enjoy your barbecue and peruse the classic cars.

Big Top

5:30 - 6:30PM

Wed, August 5

Farmers' Market

Maine Grain Alliance will be out cooking pizzas with their mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

Somerset Grist Mill

3-6PM

Wed, August 5

Bingo Night

Bingo Night to benefit Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County. Further details forthcoming

Big Top

TBA

Wed, August 5

Naturalist Walk with Warren Balgooyen

Warren Balgooyen will host a nature walk at Coburn Woods. Bring good shoes, bug dope, and a walking stick if needed. Contact Nina Pleasants (660-1066) to reserve your spot

Russel Rd entrance to Coburn Woods

9-11AM

Wed, August 5

Pub Crawl

TBA

Multiple Locations

TBA

Thurs, August 6

Moonlight Madness

Hosted by the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce this longstanding summer event includes kids' activities hosted by the Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department live bands, tons of vendors, and the famous bed races.

Water St. and Commercial St. downtown

6-10PM (streets close at 5PM)

Thurs, August 6

Annual Bed Races

Hosted by the Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department, teams of 5 compete head-to-head by pushing beds on caster wheels down Water Street.

Water St. Downtown

7PM

Fri, August 7

Wesserunsett Stream Paddle

Somerset Woods Trustees and Skowhegan Conservation Commission will host a paddle down the Kennebec River and up Wesserunsett Stream led by biologist Joe Dembeck and Master Maine Guide Eric Lahti . Please bring your own canoe/kayak, life jackets, and paddles. Some canoes (with life jackets and paddles) will be available for use for those without. There is no fee to participate.

Cleaver Boat Landing on Rt 2

9:30-11:30AM

Fri, August 7

Skowhegan Rotary Club 31st Annual Lobster Bake

Single or double lobster meal, hamburgers and hotdogs available. Each meal comes with corn, coleslaw, role, cookie, and a drink.

Big Top

TBA

Fri, August 7

Drivers and Duffers Golf Classic

The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce Drivers and Duffers Gold Classic at Lakewood Golf Course

Lakewood Golf Course

Registration 12PM, Tee-off 1PM

Fri, August 7

Glow Stick River Run

Paddlers are equipped with glow sticks for a visually compelling experience.Register at the Skowhegan Community Center, fee $5.00. Bring your own gear.

Rt 2 boat landing/rest area

8:30PM

Sat, August 8

Raft Rides

Free Rafting rides in the Kennebec River Gorge are sponsored by Moxie Outdoor Adventures and organized by the Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department. Sign up at the Big Top and get a ride to the gorge for a free ride down the Kennebec!

TBA

9AM - 4PM (last ride at 3PM)

Sat, August 8

River Fest Craft Fair

Main Street Skowhegan presents this multi-vendor craft fair under and near the Big Top.

Big Top

9AM-3PM

Sat, August 8

Move More Kids Day

Presented by the New Balance Foundation and Somerset Public Health will be tons of activities for kids like hula hooping, potato sack races, bean bag toss, and much more!

Farmers’ Market

11AM-2PM

Sat, August 8

Skowhegan Farmers’ Market

Buy some vegetables, hear the live music, and enjoy brunch at The Pickup Cafe.

Farmers’ Market

9AM-1PM

Sat, August 8

Langlais Park Grand Opening

TBA

Bernard Langlais Skowhegan Indian Sculpture

TBA

Sat, August 8

Family Activities

Family events and games presented by the Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department

Big Top

10AM - 2PM

Sat, August 8

Live Music and Beer Garden

Hosted by Bloomfields Tavern the Rustic Overtones will be playing on the big stage under the big top. Designated areas for Beer Garden customers and for minors will be provided.

Big Top

TBA

Sat, August 8

Fireworks

Atlas Fireworks will be lighting off the popular annual fireworks show from the great eddy on the Kennebec River. View the fireworks from downtown, the pedestrian bridge, or from the eddy!

Great Eddy

9PM

Sun, August 9

Ron Paquette Road Race

In honor of Skowhegan native Ron Paquette, long time runner and 2012 inductee into the Maine Running Hall of Fame. Race proceeds will benefit the Wounded Heroes Program of Maine.

Corner of High and Court Sts Click here to download route map.

Registration starts 6AM; race starts at 7:30AM

Sun, August 9

Concert in Coburn Park

Part of the 22st summer series, Celtic music by the Skowhegan Community Orchestra. Refreshments by GFWC

Coburn Park

TBA

Sponsor River Fest 2015
If your business or organization would like to sponsor River Fest in 2015, contact Dugan Murphy at 612-2571 or info(at)mainstreetskowhegan.org for details. We offer three levels of sponsorship with many benefits at each level.

 

Directions

All River Fest events happen in and near downtown Skowhegan, where US Routes 2 and 201 come together. From I-95 North or South, take exit 133 toward Skowhegan/Fairfield and follow US Route 201 north into downtown Skowhegan.

 

River Fest Core Partners



Leading Event Sponsors


Supporting Event Sponsors

 

Skowhegan Rotary Club, Dunkin’ Donuts, Hight Family of Dealerships

Participating Event Sponsors

 

Heritage House Restaurant, Aubuchon Hardware, Old Mill Pub, Snack Shack, North Country Rivers, Taconnet Federal Credit Union, Randy’s Auto, Wright & Mills Attorneys at Law, The Towne Motel,
Kyes-Carpenter Insurance, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, Image Auto Body


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