The 18th annual old fashioned strawberry festival & parade in Lincolnville Center will bring the community and visitors together for a day of family fun, food and music July 7.

This year’s parade theme is “Make a Joyful Noise.” Marchers, floats and the Lincolnville Band begin at 10 a.m. at Drake Corner Store at the intersection of routes 52 and 173. The parade then proceeds along Main Street led by bagpiper Ross Faneuf. A children’s unit of decorated bikes, trikes, wagons and strollers joins it from a staging area across from the Lincolnville Boat Club. All then proceed to the community building and grounds of the United Christian Church, sponsor of the community celebration.

Foods for both brunch and lunch are available. Many head directly inside for strawberry shortcake. Church members and friends will have picked and hulled the strawberries. Lincolnville’s country cooks will have baked dozens and dozens of biscuits. Topped with whipped cream, it’s a traditional country treat not to be missed.

Outside, grilled hot dogs, popcorn and frozen flavored drinks are ready to eat on-site.

The refurbished community building will feature tables of home-baked goodies, relishes and jellies to take home. White elephants (attic treasures), knitted, crocheted, crafted and sewn items from local artists will be displayed for sale. Prints from watercolorist Marcia Anderson will also be available. A tent packed with good quality used books, movies and CDs stands nearby.

Children’s activities begin after the parade and include crafts and face-painting in the parish hall and active games suitable for children under the age of 10 on the lawn. Kyle Edgerly will create his wonderful twisted balloon animals nearby from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Miniature horse Annie Sue from Moose Ridge Farm is a favorite and will again participate.

There is no charge for any children’s activity, but parental donations are welcomed to help offset expenses.

Making a Joyful Noise won’t end with the parade. The Lincolnville Band will play in concert at 10:30 a.m. The Breezemere Bottom Boys will perform at 11 a.m., and other musicians will be playing throughout the day.

Additionally, the church building will house displays illustrating the history of the church and will be open for guided tours. The Old Meeting House was built 1820-1821, just as Maine was becoming a state, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

To keep the children safe, there is no parking on the church grounds, but handicapped parking is next door, behind the telephone company garage. Ask at the drop-off point if a walker or wheelchair will help you get to a seat: they will be provided as available. Other parking is in the lot across from the church, if weather allows; on the street; and at Lincolnville Central School.

The Strawberry Festival is held rain or shine. Doors open 9 a.m., and the festival wraps up at 2 p.m. Note, however, that the strawberry shortcake is often sold out at noon. Indoor seating and some outdoor seating are provided. All children are welcome to participate in the children’s marching unit. For more information, call Pat at 763-2772.