Annual Belfast Street Party set for August 6

Jul 15, 2012
Photo by: Lynn Karlin High Street during the 2011 Belfast Street Party.

Belfast — The fourth annual Belfast Street Party is set for Monday, August 6, from 4 to 11 p.m. in downtown Belfast with food, feats of skill, live music, games, dancing and revelry for people of all ages.

High Street downtown is closed off from MacLeod Furniture to the traffic light, “to celebrate absolutely nothing except being a Belfaster,” says Mayor Walter Ash. “We all wait for this one. Belfast is about fun, and this is one wild event. You just don’t want to miss it,” he added.

Revelers will enjoy free music and entertainment from open to closing on the Street Party Stage next to the front of the Colonial Theater. The Breakers Jazz Band, Maine Country Music Hall of Famer, will headline the event.

This year’s theme is Luau, and attendees are planning to don their most outrageous island wear. On the streets will be kid friendly and adult entertaining games from jugglers to bungee jumping, and a dunking tank.

Organizations such as the Belfast Parks and Recreation Department, the Belfast Food Co-Op, the Waldo County YMCA, church groups, school groups will have events or food for young and old.

Organizers are still looking for more activities and vendors. In years past itinerant buskers have worked the edges of the crowd so expect the unexpected.

Many Belfast businesses will remain open offering partiers “one-evening only” special sales items. In addition to street vendors, restaurants and bars will be poised for hungry, thirsty crowds.

If there’s rain, the event will be rescheduled to the next clear evening. Summer will not be over for a while so let’s party.

Our Town Belfast, a Main Street community, produces the annual event. For more information, or to participate or volunteer, friend Our Town Belfast on Facebook, call 388-1975, or email mike@pilut.com or visit www.ourtownbelfast.org

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