Ukulelists gather

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 03, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Uke'n Be Happy from Waterville performs well-known favorites at the Belfast Ukulele Festival at Steamboat Landing June 1.

Belfast — A rainbow of ukuleles and Hawaiian floral shirts took over Steamboat Landing Saturday morning for the sixth annual Belfast Ukulele Festival.

The event was part of a ukulele weekend that started Friday, bringing together ukulelists from all around for a two-day extravaganza.

Friday featured a potluck supper and guided uke jams at Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground, where campers got to meet Ukulele Festival headliner Lil Rev.

Saturday highlights included performances, workshops, vendors, a raffle and ukuleles for sale at Steamboat Landing.

The event was sponsored by Midcoast Ukes, a group of ukulele players based in Belfast, with participants from the entire Midcoast region. Visit their website at midcoastukes.org.

Dexter Uke Group performs Saturday morning at the Belfast Ukulele Festival in the gazebo at Steamboat Landing. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Many different ukuleles are for sale at the Belfast Ukulele Festival June 1 at Steamboat Landing. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
One festivalgoer buys a ticket for a chance to win a $500 instrument at the annual Belfast Ukulele Festival June 1. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Vendors at the Belfast Ukulele Festival included Coffeeman, selling snacks, hot cocoa and coffee June 1. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
Uke lovers take in a performance by Uke'n Be Happy from Waterville at the Belfast Ukulele Fest June 1 at Steamboat Landing. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
The sixth annual Belfast Ukulele Festival, hosted by Midcoast Ukes at Steamboat Landing June 1. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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