BINGHAM — Live music, scavenger hunts, parades and seminars are all part of Bingham’s 10-day bicentennial celebration, beginning tonight.

The events are free to the public, with vendors selling food and crafts.

Events start Friday with a lecture and continue Saturday with a celebration of the area’s Franco-American heritage and children’s activities.

Sunday’s events include an ecumenical service in the Old Free Meeting House, a 3-kilometer running race and more children’s activities.

Monday features a talent show and a weeklong display of antique tools.

Tuesday’s schedule includes a vintage clothing fashion show and historical tours.

A locally adapted version of the play “Our Town,” highlighting the area’s history, will be performed Wednesday.

On Thursday night, there will be short historic films featuring construction of Wyman Dam and the logging industry, among other events at the Old Canada Road Historical Society.

A multigeneration homecoming celebration is planned for Friday, along with two music acts. A Revolutionary War re-enactors camp also opens for two days.

Saturday features a noon parade, a firemen’s muster, a musket shoot, a craft fair, a variety of options for food, two music acts and fireworks that night.

The celebration concludes Sunday with another service in the meeting house, a free ice cream social, a brass band concert and a group float on the Kennebec River.

Throughout the celebration, the historical society is seeking people to tell of their stories of living in Bingham, which will complement the written record that exists. The society is open daily to record interviews; participants will receive a DVD copy.

For a complete listing of Bingham bicentennial events, see

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