The 39th Annual Eliot Festival Days celebration begins September 27th with events happening in downtown Eliot September 28th, always the last Saturday in September.
Festivities begin Friday night with the 3rd Annual William Fogg Library Auction and Dance, held this year at the Regatta Room at Eliot Commons (28 Levesque Dr., Eliot) from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Events Saturday feature run and fun for everyone! The Eliot Festival Days 5K Road Race and the Pumpkinhead Half-Marathon both start from the Eliot Fire Station at 8:30 am sharp. (Runner packets are available at the Shipyard Brew Pub Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturday from 6:00 am to 7:30 am. Check out Runsignup.com.)
The Flag Raising Ceremony at Hammond Park officially opens the Festival at 9:00 am. Dozens of local vendors are offering delicious food, refreshing drinks, artful crafts, neighborhood information, and more!
The Festival Parade kicks off at 10:45 am from the Eliot Boat Basin, moves along Rt. 103, to pass the reviewing stand across from Hammond Park at 11:00 am. The parade ends at William Fogg Library.
The Kid’s Corner, hosted by Christian Life Church, has many new and fun family activities this year (like a petting zoo!) Leading the musical entertainment for the day is Dancing DJ Carmen Cronin along with Mica Peterson ‘featuring’ Lewis Goodwin. Performing at the Eliot Elementary School Gym is Brixham Danceworks and Curtain Call Performing Arts.
The 2nd Regiment of York County Colonial Reenactors features an 18th century camp with authentic costumes and period tools. It is staged in McPherson’s Field all day, with cannon shots fired at 10:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 2:00 pm.
There is more “run” at the Festival beginning at 12:00 noon with the Chalmers Insurance Group Kid’s Fun Run. The Run starts and finishes at William Fogg Library. Instead of a registration fee, we ask each child to bring a box of cereal to donate to End 68 Hours of Hunger. The first 50 registrants receive a free race t-shirt.
The “runs” continue with the First Annual Eliot Festival Days Outhouse Race! We begin a fun tradition with experienced teams ready to move the outhouses! The event happens at Hammond Park. It goes at 1:00 pm. Festival t-shirts highlighting the Race are available for sale!
Shipyard Brew Pub celebrates the Pumpkinhead Half-Marathon and Eliot Festival Days 5K Road Race with food, music, and fun for runners and the community from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Eliot Commons (28 Levesque Dr., Eliot.)
Festival booths close at 3:00 pm.
Saturday concludes with a Smorgasbord Supper at First Congregational Church of Eliot from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. A delicious meal features ham, beans, and other selections, with Church Ladies’ famous pies for dessert.
Green Acre Baha’i School hosts their Annual Harvest Turkey Dinner Sunday September 29th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. All are welcome to build community through food, fellowship and conversation! Space is limited so register soon. Click on greenacre.org or call 207-439-7200.
Festival and road race parking is available all day Saturday September 28th at Eliot Commons (28 Levesque Dr., Eliot) with free shuttle service to the Festival site and road race starting line. State Road (Rt. 103), in the area of the Festival, is closed to all but shuttle service for the duration of the Festival. The Parade, Kids’ Fun Run, and Outhouse Race may delay the shuttles.



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