Join us Saturday, July 14th for the 230th Birthday Parade!
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. Orrington Public Safety/Police plan to close Route 15 northbound from Center Drive starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 for their 230th Birthday parade celebration. Drivers need to proceed cautiously starting at 9:30 a.m. as the parade units line up in the northbound breakdown lane until the 10 a.m. closure time.
Parade units will line up in the northbound breakdown lane on a first come- first serve basis starting at Payne Gardens and filling in back towards Center Drive.
Non-parade traffic will be diverted around the parade route on Route 15 via Center Drive, Johnson Mill Road, Dow Road to Snows Corner Road so they can continue north on Route 15. Southbound traffic will be diverted after 11 a.m. at Snows Corner Road on the same roadways back to the River Road off Center Drive.
The Parade Judging Grandstand will now be at 321 River Road. Parade units may continue on to Calvary Chapel to disband or my turn onto Snows Corner Road to return home. 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.
The 2018 Grand Marshall is George Hale of WVOM and Orrington. Emcee is Cindy Campbell of Q106.5 and Orrington.
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. Please be respectful of other people's property. Parking is available there with viewing at 320, 314 and 310 River Road. Bring the kids and lawn chairs!
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.
For more information, please contact Parade Chairperson Dick Campbell at 207-745-7748 or firstname.lastname@example.org