A group gathers last June at Messalonskee Stream to watch the Waterville Fire Department give a water rescue demonstration. The demonstration was part of a National Trails Day celebration, organized by Kennebec Messalonskee Trails. This Saturday, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails is set to hold a series of events in Waterville to mark the organization’s 20th year. Kaitlyn Budion/Morning Sentinel file

WATERVILLE — Food, live music, games, a police dog demonstration and the burying of a time capsule are some of the activities planned for this Saturday at Head of Falls in Waterville to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kennebec Messalonskee Trails’ founding.

A full day of activities is expected to include a nature journaling event hosted by Waterville Creates, private dog training demonstrations and displays by community groups.

Peter Garrett, 78, founded Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, a network of recreational trails through Waterville, Winslow, Benton, Fairfield and Oakland that has grown to about 60 miles in some of the most scenic areas in central Maine.

Garrett said Friday people tell him they value the trails.

“They have an exercise break, especially during the COVID work-from-home period,” he said. “And now we welcome their support with maintenance.”

On Saturday at Head of Falls, on the banks of the Kennebec River, off Front Street, Living Water Community Church is planning to offer a free food cart, cornhole games and a bounce house between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Snow cones, popcorn, cake and offerings by local vendors are also planned.


Waterville Creates’ nature journaling event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, and the police dog and private dog training demonstrations are to begin at noon.

At 2 p.m., Kennnebec Messalonskee Trails is set to hold a meeting that is open to the public. A ceremony and time capsule burial are planned for 2:30 p.m.

Live music by The Cellar Dwellers is set for 3 to 5 p.m.

Anna Caron, treasurer of Kennebec Messalonskee Trails, said Saturday’s events are free and all are welcome.

“The trails provide people of all ages and fitness levels physical and mental well-being,” Caron said. “I am thankful to have great trails near my home that my dog and I can enjoy anytime.”

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