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Greater Gardiner River Festival
June 20, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 pm UTC-4Free
In a day-long celebration on Gardiner’s Historic Water Street and beautiful Waterfront Park, Gardiner Main Street, Gardiner Rotary, Greater Gardiner Boys and Girls Club, and Johnson Hall present live music and entertainment on two stages, a craft fair, and activities for all ages on, near, and in the Kennebec River. The event is expected to bring thousands of visitors to the area.
The event kicks off of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s annual summer celebration of our riverfront communities, affectionately known as the “Whatever” Family Festival. The Greater Gardiner River Festival, brought to you by US Cellular of Gardiner, takes place on Saturday, June 20th. Activities run from 9am until 10pm.
Festival organizers have continued to expand creative offerings ranging from trying a stand up paddleboard to chainsaw sculpture demonstrations and free boat rides on the River. Event-goers can plan on spending part or all of their day in Gardiner. Historic Water Street in Gardiner will be transformed into a pedestrian mall with artists, crafters, and specialty food vendors exhibiting their products from 10am-4pm. Throughout the day, there will be entertainment and childrens’ activities on Water Street, and in Gardiner’s Waterfront Park.
New this year, Gardiner Main Street and Spin-off Studios have revived the storied “Whatever Race” and brought it onto land. Rather than floating downriver from Augusta to Gardiner, as was the tradition in the 70’s and 80’s, folks will be invited to create human-powered moving sculptures that will parade through Historic Downtown Gardiner and through the Waterfront Park.
“Late June is the perfect time to spend a day on the beautiful Kennebec River” says Gardiner Main Street’s director, Patrick Wright. “If you’ve heard about some of the recent changes in Downtown Gardiner, but haven’t had the chance to visit yet, this is a great opportunity to see what we have to offer.”
For more information about the Greater Gardiner River Festival or The Whatever Land Race, including a full list of events, visit www.gardinermainstreet.org.