BELFAST — The 12th annual Belfast Summer Street Party was back in a big way Monday, Aug. 2.

City Councilor Mike Hurley, who helped organize the event, said there were some elements from past events that organizers could not bring back because the company that used to run the bounce house, climbing rock wall, bucking bronco, rides and fun house was not available this year because of COVID-19.

Toward the beginning of the event, attendance felt light to him, but he said he thought it was still a good turnout after most community events were canceled last year.

Belfast Lions Club, Stone Fox Creamery and the Scone Goddess had food trucks at the event. There were a few local vendors selling merchandise and Nordic Aquafarms and Waterfall Arts both had booths set up with activities for children. There were some toss games for kids as well.

Local band Captain Obvious, of which Mayor Eric Sanders is a member, played vintage rock music, followed by local band Country Mist playing country.

State Rep. Jan Dodge, D-Belfast, dances to the music of Country Mist with an unidentified partygoer at the Belfast Summer Street Party Aug. 2. Photo by Carolyn Zachary

The Game Loft had a medieval-themed booth set up where kids could sword fight with soft toy swords. It was an effort to get children active without their realizing it, Program Manager Rio Greeley said. The organization just received more funding to create other toy weapons such as shields, war hammers and scimitars. Three teenagers from The Game Loft ran around the event dressed as medieval characters. The organization wanted to give the event a “medieval flare,” he said.

Margaret and Hayden Randall of Belfast went to the event because they thought it sounded like fun. They attend the event every year. The fact that it is outside makes them feel more comfortable. Six-year-old Hayden’s favorite part of the event was eating Oreo ice cream and Margaret was excited to sword fight at The Game Loft’s booth.

There were slices of free birthday cake available for people attending the event to celebrate the state and city. There was also a Moxie tasting booth set up where people could try the soda, which is a classic beverage in Maine.

Hurley said he hoped the party could be a sign of the city moving past the virus and regaining some pre-pandemic normalcy, but is cautious about his optimism because of the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases. He was proud to note that Waldo County vaccination rates are higher than the national average. “With it coming up again, I feel like we’re in a wait-and-see kind of moment,” he said.

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