FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will host the 38th annual celebration of Farmington’s Chester Greenwood, the inventor of the ear protector and many other innovations. This year’s events will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, in honor of Greenwood’s birthday. A partial list of events follows:

• 8 a.m. 5K Walk/Run. 8 a.m. Registration at the Snack Shack on Front Street. Run begins at 9 a.m. $10

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. American Legion 28 Craft Fair, corner of High and Middle streets. Franklin County Arts & Crafts Association Craft Fair, UMF’s Olsen Student Center.

Emblem Club 460 Craft Fair, Farmington Elks Lodge. Collection of vendors and items.

• 10 a.m. parade line-up: Mallet School, Quebec Street entrance, free. Pre-registration encouraged, but not required. Theme is “Holiday Movies.” Cash prizes awarded for first-, second-, third-place adult floats and best overall youth organization float.

• Caroling throughout downtown.

The Titcomb House (corner of Academy and High streets) will be open free of charge to the public. Members of the Farmington Historical Society will be present to give tours and will sell fresh, hand-decorated wreaths during the open house. The 22-inch, double-sided, balsam wreaths are locally made and decorated with a six-loop bow, white-tipped pine cones and red berries. Bow color choices include, red, country red and burgundy. Barn-sized wreaths are also available. The cost is $22 and $40 for the barn size. Shipping is available for $16.

The Octagon House (corner of Perham and Broadway) will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Farmington Historical Society will feature two book signings and gift items including mugs, notepaper and past calendars with historical pictures. The home will be filled with music from local groups and by the Victoria record player. There will be a $5 donation at the door.

The North Church will be open to the public.

• 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Rotary’s Festival of Trees at the historic North Church. Musical entertainment provided 1-5 p.m. Live Auction begins 6:30 p.m. Silent auction and raffles planned throughout the day, with Christmas show at 6 p.m.

• 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 6th annual Gingerbread House Contest: Entries may be dropped off at the Main Street entrance of Bangor Savings Bank on Saturday between 8:30 and 9 a.m. The gingerbread creations will be on display for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges and prizes awarded for Kids (12 and younger) and Adult categories. This year’s theme is “Holiday Movies.” Pre-registration is required. Forms are available online. The contest is free and open to the public. Chester Greenwood birthday cake will be served, courtesy of Walmart in Farmington.

• 11 a.m. Annual Chester Greenwood Parade begins at 11 a.m. through downtown. Entries for the parade can begin lining up in the Mallett School Parking lot (Quebec St. entrance) by 10 a.m. Judging of floats will be conducted en route this year, so the crowd can plan to find a panel of local celebrity judges stationed outside the Franklin Savings Bank Loan Center on Main Street. A total of four cash prizes will be awarded in two categories: Adult (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) and Youth Organization (Best Overall). Parade winners will be posted at the chili challenge in Meetinghouse Park. Please note, candy throwing will be permitted by individuals walking along the parade route only – not from the floats themselves, for safety reasons. Pre-registration is not required, but forms and event rules are posted online at www.franklincountymaine.org. Free and open to the public. This year’s theme is “Holiday Movies.” As always, earmuffs must be incorporated into each float.

• Coats For Kids, Franklin Savings Bank will collect Coats for Kids during the Chester Greenwood Day parade. Stop by and drop off a gently used coat for another child to use. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served to donors. The Maine Bankers Association is sponsoring Coats for Kids Day. The coats will be cleaned by Pratt-Abbott Cleaners and distributed by the Salvation Army.

• Noon- 1 p.m. Chili Challenge (while supplies last) following the parade in Meetinghouse Park on Main Street. Preregistration required. Drop off entry between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. Entry forms are available online. The event is free and open to the public.

• Book signing. Meghan McCarthy will sign her new book “Earmuffs for Everyone – How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs” at DDG Booksellers after the parade. She will also judge an earmuff coloring contest for which she has provided original artwork with the winner to receive a free signed copy.

• 1-3 p.m. Open House at the Pierce House. Celebrate its connection to the Greenwood family. Memorabilia pertaining to the Greenwoods and The Pierce House will be on display. Old-fashioned refreshments will be served and cookie decorating will take place in the dining room.

• 3 p.m. The Polar Bear Club members’ annual dip into frigid Clearwater Lake in Industry.

• 4 p.m. Farmington Recreation presents its first ever Farmington Christmas Show, Farmington Community Center, Middle Street. The show will include baton twirling, streamers, fun dances, ballet all performed by area children 2 years and older. Donations accepted at the door.

NOTE: After a great kick-off to the Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Drive at the Chamber’s annual meeting, the Chamber seeks help to reach its goal of feeding more than 120 Franklin County families this holiday season. To contribute: bring a donation of non-perishable food items to the parade (Bangor Savings Bank) and help support neighbors in need.

Also, Chamber Bucks will be available for sale at Bangor Savings Bank. Chamber Bucks can be used at more than 75 participating businesses and keeps shopping local. Chamber Bucks can be purchased in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $25 and $50. Visit the Chamber website for an updated list of participating businesses.


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