Big Parade! Duck Race! Elder's Tea! Bicycle Decorating Contest!
Alan Baker was the
2017 Orrington Citizen of the Year
In recognition of Orrington’s 230th anniversary, the Town of Orrington and Casella Resource Solutions will present a 1.2 mile long parade along Route 15 on Saturday, July 14, starting at 11 a.m. The route will start at Payne’s Gardens and will continue north on Route 15 to the Calvary Chapel. That portion of Route 15 will be closed to traffic from 11 a.m. until the parade is over, at approximately 12 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Elm Street to Brewer Lake Road to Johnson Mill Road and onto Center Drive.
The theme is “Orrington’s 230th Birthday!” and will include floats, vintage vehicles, service vehicles and marchers representing local businesses, clubs, neighborhoods, families, and organizations.
Three prizes of $200 each will be awarded for Best Business/Commercial, Best Organization/Group and Best Individual or Family parade participants. There is no charge to be in the parade. All participants must pre-register. Deadline is Monday, July 9, 2018. Entry forms are available here.
Parade viewing areas with parking will be available at various side streets. A map will be posted online in July.
Casella will bring their “World’s Biggest Christmas Box” to the parade. It is a huge roll-off dumpster painted to look like an giant Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box. Christmas Shoe Boxes are part of the Operation Christmas Child program of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers gifts to those less fortunate children around the world. Over 100 million have been distributed in over 130 countries since Franklin Graham started the program in 1993. Orrington has provided thousands of boxes in the past. This year’s goal is 12,000 boxes!
Parade watchers and marchers are encouraged to help in this massive endeavor by bringing simple gifts such as school supplies, facecloths, bars of soap, small stuffed animals, kid’s sunglasses, band aids, personal hygiene items, small toys, Hot Wheels, etc. to the parade where they will be collected by Casella volunteers rolling large totes. These items will be delivered to local churches where they will be packaged into Christmas Shoe Boxes and sent to needy children around the world.
George Hale of WVOM will be the Grand Marshall and Orrington’s 2018 Citizen of the Year will lead the parade along with the past Citizens of the Year. The judges will be at the Parade Judging Reviewing Stand at the Snows Corner Plaza and will include State Senator Kim Rosen, State Representative Dick Campbell, Orrington Selectmen and Town officials and Casella management.
The parade will end at Calvary Chapel. Guests can cross the street and visit the Northeastern Primitive Rendezvous at the Wiswell Farm from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a Public Day and a $5 donation is requested.
For more information, please contact Parade Chairperson Dick Campbell at 207-745-7748 or email@example.com.
Bicycle Decorating Contest
Do you remember the Bicycle Decorating contests from yesteryear? Well, the Old Home Week Committee is bringing it back!
The Bicycle Decorating Contest will take place at the OHS Grange Hall on Monday, July 16 from 4-5 p.m and is open to all children 12 years and under. To enter, simply email your name, and age to firstname.lastname@example.org
What a fun way to be creative! Get your tricycles and bicycles ready! But no motorized vehicles please. Participants may decorate bikes there or bring bikes already decorated. All participants are required to wear a UL approved bicycle safety helmet.
Celebrity judges from the Elder’s Tea will review the entries in a mini-parking lot parade at 4:45 p.m. Awards will be given for Most Original, Most Patriotic, Most Beautiful and Most Colorful.