Summerfest 2022 will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 5 to 9:30 p.m. Courtesy Image/The Town of Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH — It’s just about time for Scarborough’s 25th Annual Summerfest event, which should be a fun-filled day for the whole family taking place Aug. 19.  

According to Nicole Hall the Operations and Facilities manager with Scarborough  Community Services, or SCS, Summerfest began in 1997 with the installation of lighting at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex. It began as a way to help fundraise for the lights but has turned into an annual summer get-together for the community, she said.

Scarborough Community Services, along with many sponsors, are the hosts for Summerfest 2022 . The event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19; festivities will begin at 5 p.m. at the Kippy Mitchell Sports Complex by Scarborough High School.

Scarborough Community Services puts on Summerfest every year to bring the community together and celebrate the final days of summer with friends, family, and neighbors,” said Jill Deering with SCS. “We were able to put on the event last summer after canceling it in 2020, but it was a mini version of what everyone was typically used to. We are back in full force this year.” 

Last year was the first year with a food truck area and it was so successful that they decided to bringing it back this year, SCS staff said.

Food will be available from various food trucks, including, Mr. Tuna, Char Wrig’s Sno and Dough Adventures, Cheese the Day, Texas Roadhouse, Betty Reez Whoopiez, Poppies Kettle Corn, and Millside Creations Hotdogs.


Holly Heist, a New England-based cover band, will perform from 7 to 9 p.m., the band will cover top hits from various genres. There will be a bounce zone for the kids, sponsored by the Town and Country Federal Credit Union, and much more. 

One of the event’s goals is to assist local nonprofits, including service organizations, school sports groups, and several local churches, with their fundraising efforts.

“We have about 18 non-profit groups coming back this year, including our local Police, Fire, and Public Library with information and demonstrations,” said Hall. “We also have groups such as the EcoMaine, Scarborough Land Trust, Kiwanis Club, Scarborough Lions Club, Girl Scouts of Maine, as well as a few area church groups offering activities, information, and goodies for sale. For many groups, Summerfest functions as one of their biggest fundraisers for the year.”

The Scarborough Police Department and Scarborough Fire Department will host a Public Safety Open House; the public can tour the facility every half hour from 5 to 7 p.m. 

“This open house was set to take place when we moved into our new Public Safety Building back in April of 2020,” said Fire Chief Rich Kindelan. “Because of the uncertainty and regulations related to the COVID pandemic, we continually had to cancel this event for the safety of our firefighters, police officers and of course, our citizens that would likely attend. As a note, it was scheduled (three) times and had to be postponed each time due to increasing COVID cases. This open house will simply allow our citizens and visitors to tour the public safety building and its spaces. We will have fire and police staff available to walk folks through and answer questions. As you can expect, we are quite proud of the workspaces our community provided us. There will not be any formal events occurring other than tours. We certainly do not want to take away from the Summer Fest activities.” 

After a fun-filled day, the event will conclude with fireworks.

“As always, we finish off the event with an amazing fireworks show, which begins around 9:15 pm,” said Hall.

Residents looking to attend are encouraged to bring a blanket or a camping chair and find a spot early before it gets too busy. 

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