Despite threatening skies, spectators at the annual Brooks and Searsport July 4 parades stayed dry as they watched fire trucks, antique tractors and horses make their way down Route 139 in Brooks Village and Route 1 in Searsport.

Brooks also celebrated America's independence day with a five mile road race, bingo games, an antique tractor show, sheepdog demonstrations from Two Coves Farm, a horse show, the Roberts family chicken barbeque, old fashioned games and competitions, live music, a puppet show, canoe rides and face painting from Camp Forest, a chicken scramble, and ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery.

At 11 a.m., featured speaker John Bunker, founder of Fedco Trees, spoke about growing apples and other fruit in Waldo County. Other demonstrations included sessions on timber framing, spinning wool, raising backyard chickens and pigs, rug braiding, beekeeping, and making ice cream and homemade wine.

In Searsport the annual fireworks were delayed to July 12 due to rain on July 4 and high winds on July 5.