The towns of Newport, Clinton and Pittsfield have planned a range of activities that draw visitors looking for traditional and affordable family entertainment.

Newport
The August 4 Newport Riverwalk Festival, a celebration of the town’s scenic riverfront, will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade through the town to the Sebasticook River. Festival organizers have planned plenty of river-related fun, along with crafts, food vendors, a beer tent, music, a street dance, children’s activities and barbecue.

The town also offers music at the gazebo from 2 – 5 p.m. throughout the summer. Movie nights on the Witham Town Park lawn are June 15 and July 13. Check the town’s website, newportmaine.net, for additional information.

Pittsfield
This summer, Pittsfield celebrates the 46th Central Maine Egg Festival with a Marvel Comics “Super Eggs” theme. Events run from July 9-14. The street dance, Egg-lympics, window painting, art show and craft fair, a Monday Open Mic Night with Riff Johnson at Hathorn Park, a Tuesday street dance, a Kiddie Parade on Thursday, a Grand Parade on Saturday, and a Kiwanis Karnival that starts Wednesday through Saturday. Updates will be posted at centralmaineeggfestival.org.

The town also hosts a free Thursday night summer concert series from 6-8 p.m. at Hathorn Park, with a rain location at the Elks Lodge. Visit www.facebook.com/HathornParkMusic for the list of concerts this summer.

Clinton
The Clinton Fairgrounds on Route 100 will be the site of the Central Maine Fourth of July Celebration, from July 2- 4. According to organizer Kevin Douglass, events this year will include Kids’ Day, with a bounce house, petting zoo, Touch a Truck and other activities, live bands all three days and a street dance on July 3.

The Fourth of July celebration includes free events, capped by what Douglass calls “Central Maine’s largest fireworks display.” Visit their facebook page for more information.

The 9th Annual Lion’s Club Car Show on July 21 (rain date July 22) at the fairgrounds features 23 classes of vehicles. The day includes classic car hits played by a local DJ. Other activities include a tire-changing competition and a men’s and women’s tire-toss competition. All proceeds go to Lions Club community programs. For more information, call 426-3521 or visit clintonlionscarshow.com.

The Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair will be held September 6 – 9. This State of Maine licensed fair includes a Maine Dairy Princess competition, free entertainment, two exhibition halls, apple pie and blueberry pie contests, animal exhibits, ox and horse pulling, pig scrambles, horse show and mechanical pulling competitions. The midway features plenty of fair foods, a large tent for homemade crafts, a large variety of kiddie and adult carnival rides. A street parade on Saturday morning will feature many Kora Shrine parade units. For more information, call 426-2651 or visit clintonlionsfair.com.

The very popular Baby Show on Sunday afternoon includes infants up to 24 months. The small panel of judges ensures each of the 75 to 100 contestants is in a winning category. Each baby gets a certificate, a ribbon and a dollar coin as keepsakes, Whitten said.

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