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 is sponsored by Skowhegan Savings and organized by Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan Savings, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Skowhegan Run of River committee. River Fest 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.


Rustic Overtones Play River Fest
Saturday, August 8th!

Rustic Overtones, Portland's own 7 piece rock band, are confirmed to play the Saturday of River Fest! The band's unique version of indie rock is strongly influenced by soul music, garage punk, jazz and psychedelic music of the 60's and 70's.

They have collaborated and recorded with David Bowie, Imogen Heap, Ray Lamontagne, Eric Krasno, Funkmaster Flex and Naughty by Nature, as songwriters, multi-instrumentalists, arrangers, and composers and have toured nationally as direct support for De La Soul, Steel Pulse, and Run DMC among others.



2015 Tentative Schedule of Events


Date

Event

Description

Location

Time

Tues, August 4

Lions Club Chicken BBQ

The long-running and popular chicken barbecue hosted by the Lions 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

Tues, August 4

Jazz Jam

Bloomfield's open jazz band will be playing tunes to enjoy after the barbecue.

Bloomfield's Tavern

7-10PM

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

Farmers' Market

Maine Grain Alliance will be out cooking pizzas with their mobile wood-fired pizza oven while area farmers sell their goods.

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

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

Thurs, August 6

14th Annual Sundowner Canoe and Kayak Race

Bart from Southside Tavern annually organizes this recreational, 3-mile race for kayaks and canoes. Most participants get a prize!

Swinging Bridge

TBA

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 / rest area on Rt 2 east of downtown Skowhegan

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, roll, cookie, and a drink.

Big Top

11AM-8PM (or until they sell out)

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

Twisted Strings concert

Twisted Strings play traditional Celtic tunes with a fiddle and guitar sponsored by Laney's Pit Stop.

Big Top

5-8PM

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.

Cleaver Boat Landing / rest area on Rt 2 east of downtown Skowhegan

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. To participate, download this application and return it to Darcy at Country Crow Primitives.

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

Main Street Skowhegan will be opening the new mini park in front of Bernard Langlais’s Skowhegan Indian sculpture.

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

Bean Bag Tournament

Bean bag toss tournament for adults and kids hosted by Bigelow Brewing. Sign up in advance at Bigelow Brewing or at the Main Street Craft Fair under the Big Top.

Big Top area

3-5PM

Sat, August 8

Plein Air Art Opening

Local artists paint the landscape of Skowhegan "en plein air" during the day and show their work in the afternoon. A portion of the sale of each painting benefits Main Street Skowhegan.

Central Maine Artists Gallery, West Front Street

4-6PM

Sat, August 8

Duck Derby Invasion

Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County hosts this river race of rubber ducks. Participants may adopts as many ducks as they like. Contact Hospice for prizes, pricing, and other details.

Winner will be announce at the Big Top at 4PM

2-4PM

Sat, August 8

Live Music and Beer Garden

Hosted by Bloomfield’s 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. Food vendors include pulled pork and smoked sausage sandwiches by The Big Daddy Tug Barbecue Co.

Big Top

4PM opening band; 6PM Rustic Overtones

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

Concert in Coburn Park

Part of the 22nd 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.

 

Vendor Information
If you would like to rent vendor space at River Fest 2015, fill out this online form or download a printable application form. You may also pick up a vendor application from the Chamber of Commerce office or Main Street Skowhegan office.

If you would like to participate in the Main Street Craft Fair on River Fest Saturday, download this application and return it to Darcy at Country Crow Primitives.

 

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, Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union, Morning Sentinel, 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,Maine Smoke Shop, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Are You Ready to Party??, Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, Image Auto Body


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