SEARSPORT — Dapper scarecrows line downtown streets in honor of the annual Fling into Fall celebration taking place Oct. 9. The event will include a parade, a classic car show and craft fair along with food vendors, entertainment and a fireworks display.

The entrance to the Aquarian gift shop on Main Street dressed for Fling into Fall. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

This year marks the 21st anniversary of Fling into Fall and according to committee member Natalie Knox, it is all about pride. “It’s great to dress up the town to show our town pride,” she said. 

Fling is also exclusive to Searsport, she added. “It just makes the town look so pretty.”

Fling into Fall committee poses in front of Hamilton Marine Sept. 27. From left is committee chair Phyllis Gaul, Linda Payson, Sandra Otis Anderson, major donor Wayne Hamilton, Douglas Norman, Nancy Cole, James Gillway, Mark Bradstreet and Natalie Knox. Back row is Raye Smith and Karen Kelley.  Herb Kronholm, Jim Rose and David Walsh were camera shy. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Committee members met in front of Hamilton Marine Tuesday afternoon to show their gratitude to owner Wayne Hamilton, who supplied this years’ autumn-themed T-shirts. Angler’s Restaurant and Tozier’s Family Market also sponsored the event.

“These are our three lead sponsors,” Knox said, “and we’re overwhelmed by their generosity!”

One of several dapper scarecrows on Main Street in downtown Searsport Sept. 27. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Events include a parade, sponsored by Tozier’s Family Market, starting at 11 a.m. from Norris Street. A classic car show and craft fair, hosted by Barney Hose, will be held at the Searsport District Middle and High School on Mortland Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. where kids can touch-a-truck behind the gymnasium on the Church Street entrance from 1 to 3 p.m. Starting at noon, lunch from various vendors, food wagons, bounce house and other kids activities at the public safety building.

There will also be a walking history tour of Searsport with Town Historian, Charlene Knox Farris beginning at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. A fireworks show, sponsored by  Anglers Restaurant, will wrap up events at 6 p.m. at Mosman Park

Photo by Fran Gonzalez