The Gorham Family Fair committee has announced that organizers of the annual Gorham Day will join forces with volunteers of Saint Anne’s Summer Festival committee to plan a three-day family festival to be held July 21-23 in Gorham.

Cindy Hazleton, director of the Gorham Recreation Department, said it made sense for the two groups to combine talents and resources in order to offer a much larger and more diverse event. “When we were informed that St. Anne’s was planning a summer event around the same time as Gorham Day, it felt like a perfect opportunity to collaborate and offer residents a much broader event,” Hazelton said.

The festival will include a parade, carnival rides by Smokey’s Greater Shows, and will feature live entertainment, including musical performers, dancers, and other talent. Planned events include pie baking and eating contests, a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday, a giant craft fair, and other surprises. Food vendors will sell a variety of items throughout the weekend.

A perennial favorite, the annual chicken barbeque, organized by the Gorham Central Station Fire Department volunteers, will also return. In addition, Saturday evening will feature a movie night and organizers plan to close the festivities on Sunday with a giant fireworks display sponsored by the Central Station Fire Department volunteers.

“This event will draw from the strengths of both entities, calling on the reputation of past Gorham Family Fair successes with the hospitality that people have come to know from St. Anne’s Church,” said Marc Badeau, co-chairman of the committee. “We’re excited to work together to produce a festival that will allow the people of Gorham and surrounding communities the opportunity to gather with friends and family for a fun-filled weekend.”

For information on sponsorship opportunities, food vending, or craft fair exhibiting, send an e-mail to [email protected]

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