Windham will usher in summer at the high school on Saturday with a big parade, carnival rides, live entertainment and fireworks. It’s all called Summerfest.

“We’re hoping people get out and enjoy a family fun day of activities,” said Brian Ross, Windham parks and recreation director.

Admission to the event is free, but participants will need a few dollars for the food booths and carnival games sponsored by local organizations to raise money for a variety of charities. Camp Sunshine will host a free Kids Zone with plenty of games for the little ones.

Summerfest kicks off with the Lions Club pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in Windham High School’s cafeteria. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and follows Route 202 from the rotary at Route 302 to the high school.

“We have the largest parade in the area, with 80 to 120 floats and units, antique cars and fire trucks. Last year it lasted an hour and 20 minutes,” boasted Ross.

And because of this, he suggests that if you’re planning to arrive at Summerfest between 10 and 11:30 a.m., avoid using Route 202 to approach the high school grounds.

There will be carnival rides for the under-12 crowd, but older folks can have their own thrills on helicopter rides, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have a pet frog, be sure to bring it along for the Frog Jumping Contest at 3 p.m.

A firefighter demonstration at 1 p.m. will help people learn how life-saving equipment is used when removing a person from a car damaged in an accident.

A craft fair, yard sale, business expo and antique car show are also part of the fun at Summerfest, and run all day.

Live entertainment at the high school grounds this year begins with Windham High’s Battle of the Bands winners at noon.

The Back Porch Bluegrass Band takes the stage at 2:30 p.m., the Windham Chamber Singers at 4 p.m. and then kid-friendly entertainer, Wayne from Maine takes over at 6:30 p.m. Drive, a four-piece Top 40 cover band, starts its gig at 8 p.m.

A fireworks show at dusk (predicted at 9:20 p.m.) will round out a festive day.

Staff Writer Wendy Almeida can be reached at 791-6334 or at:

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