BROOKS — Brooks Community Park sat in disrepair for a number of years, but on Saturday, July 3, the community enjoyed a patriotic tradition once again.

“We haven’t had a Brooks Field Day for years,” Municipal Clerk Jane McLaughlin said. However, since the park underwent a restoration and cleanup effort in April, it is back in traditional style for all to enjoy — with some big plans for the future.

A pavilion, a dog park and an updated children’s playground are among plans in place to improve Brooks Community Park. To help with these plans, a team of volunteers sold daylilies, donated by Waldo resident and daylily breeder Bill Warman, at “Come Back to the Park” event Saturday. Unsold lilies will be planted in the park for beautification.

Lined up beneath canopy tents to keep the rain and cold away, residents of the Brooks area sold antiques, handmade goods and other items. The Varney Ladies Fellowship, a group of women who work to benefit the First Congregational Church of Brooks, sold baked goods to raise funds for their community service efforts. Bill Bemis and his daughter Clair Smith represented the Bemis Family Farm in Corinna, offering maple syrup and maple confections.

Young entrepreneurs also came to sell their crafts. Carter Nickerson, 11, of Jackson sold handmade paracord survival bracelets. Some featured whistles and compasses for additional aid in the great outdoors, and the bracelets can unravel into a heavy-duty rope when needed. Jocelyn Smith, 12, sold jewelry she made with her mother, Cassandra Smith, including alcohol ink-colored necklaces and bracelets, jewelry made of sea glass harvested in Belfast, and colorful hair clips and headbands.

Karen Hudgins of Brooks organized children’s games, including balloon darts and a duck pond game. She was joined by her granddaughters, Acadia, Annaren and Aislin Knickerbocker, from New Hampshire. Acadia, 16, and Annaren, 13, did face painting for kids, while Aislin, 10, was in charge of giving out prizes. Hudgins said that the funds raised will go toward making the park more family-friendly and accessible for children, “so people can enjoy the park again.”

A gathering of vintage cars assembled for the event. A Ford Model T-10 Torpedo, a children’s toy car produced in the 1950s, was for sale and kids were able to test-drive it. One car on display was a 1971 Ford LTD convertible, owned by Wendall and Georgina Wells of Winterport who bought it three years ago. The couple are its third owners.

The late Joe and Anna Roberts of Brooks started cooking chicken in the 1950s for community events, and Mary Ann, Tom, Bill and Jody carried on the family legacy at the park, serving up chicken barbecue at noon — still using their family’s secret barbecue sauce recipe.

The afternoon wrapped up with a softball game on the park’s Little League field. Travel softball team Riptide Tribe, led by Alyss Crooker, played against a community team organized by Mike Switzer of Ralph’s Cafe. While the game had an outpouring of support for both teams, a winner was never declared. Both organizers said the point of the game was simply “to have fun,” with Switzer adding that he’s “excited for the future” of the Ralph’s Cafe softball team.

An evening of karaoke led to the day’s grand finale, a dazzling display of fireworks.