BUXTON – Bands, cannon fire and fireworks will make noise in Buxton this weekend as the town hosts its annual Community Days.

The two-day Community Days on Friday and Saturday, organized by Buxton Recreation Director Tashia Geaumont, features fun for the whole family with food, entertainment, pony rides and games.

“Its amazing, kids’ activities every hour,” Geaumont said, “lots of prizes this year.”

Community Days also includes the annual fair hosted by the Dorcas Society of Hollis and Buxton on the lawn at the Tory Hill Church, across Route 202 from the park. Shopping in a privately owned 1805 barn spices the old-time country flavor.

The action kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday in Weymouth Park, at the intersection of routes 202 and 112, as vendors with crafts and food booths open up. The Fire/Rescue softball game at 6:30 p.m. promises to provide its usual excitement.

The band Will Play for Moxie plays at 5:30 p.m., followed by disc jockey Steve Reny from 7-9 p.m.

Saturday events get under way at 8 a.m. with a Lions Club pancake breakfast served under a tent and a professionally timed road race.

A parade packed with 75 entries steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Forming up on Depot Street, the parade will proceed along Route 112 to Weymouth Park. The parade will feature antique tractors, 15 Beech Ridge race cars, Alumni Marching Band from Biddeford with 30 members, Maine Public Safety Pipes and Drum Corps, mascots from the Sea Dogs and Red Claws, scouting groups and clogging on a float. Plummer’s Store will push grocery carts to receive non-perishable food items for the food pantry,

“I think the community will be really excited and have a lot of fun,” said May Schumacher, who organized the parade.

Giveaways tossed from units along the parade route will include 35 pounds of candy, 100 balloons, U.S. flags, and 100 T-shirts.

“I hope they all bring bags,” Schumacher said.

Popular events returning for competition with bragging rights up for grabs include the ladies’ pan toss and horseshoe tournament. For children, there’s frog jumping and a pig scramble.

Buxton police will have a booth at the park fairgrounds. The York County Sheriff’s Ofice will be on hand with its canine corps. Other demonstrations include ME loves Zumba, Centre of Movement and Portland School of Zukado.

Saco River Jazz Ensemble plays patriotic songs at 11 a.m.; Easy Money, plays at noon; Living Waters Band with Adam Joel, 3-6 p.m.; and Hurricanes Band, 6-9 p.m.

The Dorcas Society, a women’s charitable group, will serve lunch Saturday under a tent on the lawn at Tory Hill Church. The society’s booths again will offer a variety of crafts.

Revolutionary War re-enactors will be on hand with demonstrations at nearby Helen Bruce Park. Kids and adults alike will see the smoke and hear booming barrels of cannons and muskets like the ones fired during the revolution.

Bargain hunters will enjoy shopping 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. in the historic barn at the Royal Brewster mansion owned by Richard and Beverly Atkinson. In the barn, icewater will be available along with free cookies and candy for children.

Beverly Atkinson said barn door prizes would include 10 stuffed animals along with a couple of silver pieces.

A bean supper sponsored by Bar Mills Community Church is at 5 p.m. Saturday at the park.

Fireworks sponsored again by Narragansett Number 1 Foundation will conclude this year’s festivities at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The annual event is an opportunity to meet friends and neighbors and its uniqueness attracts people to Buxton from a wide area.

A dozen assisted Geaumont with the myriad details in organizing the event. “I appreciate all the volunteers,” Geaumont said.

Geaumont and her helpers are keeping a close check on weather reports.

“My fingers are crossed,” she said.


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