LINCOLNVILLE — ILincolnville’s 26th annual Strawberry Festival and parade took place Saturday, July 13, and was one sure way to get the whole town to turn out.
Following the parade, revelers gathered at the Lincolnville Community Building and the United Christian Church (UCC) at 18 Searsmont Road, Rt. 173, in Lincolnville Center. Outside was hot dogs, face painting, flag making, bubbles, and music. Inside the Community building, it was nonstop strawberry pie and shortcake with a puppet show inside the UCC.
Roberta Heald headed up the festival and said she expected a busy day.
“It is a very nice day, after a rainy day of setup,” she said. “There are already a lot of people here and it's not even 9:30. The parade will get here in an hour and then it will be really, really busy. And if you’re someone who didn’t get to come out today, we are sorry we didn’t get to see you.”
Susan Feggy came from Ohio to visit family and friends and found herself at the festival and feeling nostalgic. She said it reminded her of parades from when she was a little girl.
“I was a girl, ten years old in Mt. Healthy, Ohio,” she said. “I was watching a parade so similar to this and was so excited as a ten-year-old to collect the candy. I live in Cincinnati now and back in Cincinnati now it’s a sauna. I love it here. I love the enthusiasm, I love old cars, I love the community spirit. Everybody came out. There was no pushing, no shoving, no bad comments, this is what I remember as a kid, a kinder, gentler time.
Enjoy the photo gallery. It was a great time for all, young and old at Lincolnville Center.