Windham’s Summerfest makes the new season official

A festival-goer receives a fluffy prize at last year's Windham Summerfest. 

Windham’s Summerfest, a free, annual event, kicks off this Saturday, June 25, with entertainment, food and games on the Windham High School grounds.

The magic starts at 9:30 a.m. with magician Phil Smith, who will be strolling the grounds performing tricks all morning.

The parade, featuring local organizations and businesses, as well as a fife and drum corp,s will start marching at 10 a.m. from the rotary at Route 202 and will proceed to the high school. Carnival rides and the food and game booths will also open at 10 a.m.

The food booths are presented mostly by nonprofit organizations – including Boy Scouts, Keeping Kids Safe, Project Graduation and Little League – according to Kelly Mank, event and volunteer coordinator Kelly Mank. One of the goals of the festival, Mank said, “is to make it so nonprofits in the area can move away from having lots of small fundraisers during the year and focus on one big fundraiser.”

There will be two stages for live entertainment behind the high school, with featured performances including the Windham’s children’s music theater group Main Stage Academy, Portland-based musicians JD Gilbert and the Night Train, and Westbrook-based Drouin Dance.

Central Maine Pyrotechnics will cap off the night with a fireworks display at 9:25 p.m.

The event has a friendly carnival atmosphere, according to Mank.

“It’s a place for the community to come together and have a fun and relaxing day,” she said.

Portland Motor Club will organize a car show, held in the parking lot in front of the high school. Organizer Stan Page estimates there will be between 100 and 115 cars at the show.

Those interested in participating can register at the parking lot between 7:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Awards for first-, second- and third-place cars will be given between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m, said Page.

Just around the corner on Windham Center Road, the Windham Historical Society will host a Civil War Reenactors Encampment, with chances to view troop training and the intimacies of camp life. Voluntees with the 3rd Maine Regiment Infantry, a group dedicated to the preservation of Maine’s roles in the American Civil War, will be camped out on the village green from noon on Saturday until 6 p.m., and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

The free event will also feature field music concerts, skirmish drills and a civilian fashion presentation. Civil War maps, books and other historical items will be displayed at the historical society, located at 234 Windham Center Road.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Phil Smith, Strolling Miracles Magician

10 a.m. Carnival, Food and Game Booths Open

10 a.m. Parade

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Flamin’ Raymond and Sizzlin’ Susan

12:30 p.m. Legislative Award to Marybeth Noonan

12:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Dance Moves ME

1:30-2 p.m. Frog Jumping Contest

2-3 p.m. Main Stage Academy

3-3:45 p.m. Air Away

3-6 p.m. Party Palooga -Balloon Twisters

3:45-4:30 p.m. K9 Demo by Officer Steve Stubbs

4:30-5:45 p.m. Sassquatch

5:45-6:15 p.m. Fourniers Karate

6:15-7:30 p.m. JD Gilbert & The Night Train

7:30-8 p.m. Drouin Dance

8-9:20 p.m. Tickle

9:20 p.m. God Bless the USA

9:25 p.m. Fireworks

A festival-goer receives a fluffy prize at last year’s Windham Summerfest.

Vendors sell their wares on the Windham High School grounds during last year’s Windham Summerfest.