FALMOUTH — A large crowd is expected to gather today on Mackworth Island for the 2011 Deaf Culture Festival, wrapping up the end of Deaf Culture Awareness Week in Maine

The festival features 40 vendors, fun and games for children, health screenings and flu shots, an ice cream social, reading by Tammy L.R. Meserve from her book “There’s a Moose Loose in the Hoose,” and the grand reopening of the Deaf Culture and History Museum. It has been held for over 20 years, bringing together speakers of American Sign Language, their friends, families and the professionals who serve them.

This weekend is also a celebration of the 135th anniversary of deaf education in Maine.

Over 500 people are expected to attend the festival, which kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. today at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf.