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Frenchville to celebrate 150th Anniversary Festival

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — Frenchville will celebrate 150 years as a town this weekend with events including live music, a parade and fireworks. The motto for the celebration is the Frenchville town motto: “A small town with a big heart,” or “Un petit village avec un grand coeur.” 

The motto came about in the mid-1990s when the town held a contest that a young boy named Ben Jalbert won to come up with the motto. The town has been using it ever since, according to Frenchville 150th Anniversary Festival committee member Laura Pelletier. 

All are welcome to attend the Frenchville 150th Anniversary Festival.

“It’s a birthday party and everybody loves a birthday party,” Pelletier said. “We have different events for all ages to enjoy. There is something for everybody so come celebrate with us.” 

The part will begin on Friday, July 26. That evening will include a 100th year of American Legion spaghetti dinner 4-6 p.m. and dance at Frenchville Post 145. Tickets for the meal are available at the Frenchville Town Office. The cost is $8 for those 13 and older and $5 for children 12 and under. The dance is from 8 until 11 p.m. and admission is free.

Saturday will include plenty of fun activities for children at the Frenchville Community Center and park, such as pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a bounce house and games from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

There will be horse-drawn wagon rides 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Frenchville Fire Department will host a food court 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday at the community center featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken breasts. 

The Northern Cruisers Auto Club will host an auto show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Frenchville Heritage Park. Scenic ATV rides of the town will take off from the park from 10:30 a.m. until  1 p.m. Riders must be at least 5 years old and all must wear helmets. 

Saturday evening will include dancing for all ages beginning with a teen dance with musical entertainment by DJ Sue 3-7 p.m. at the community center. 

Tennessee Haze will then perform 8-11 p.m. and the Inn of Acadia will sponsor a beer garden 7-11 p.m. 

There will be a fireworks display at 9 p.m. that evening, also at the community center.

The weekend long celebration will conclude on Sunday with a parade beginning at 1 p.m. at the Frenchville Fire Department with awards to follow at the Heritage Park.

A complete schedule of events is available at the Frenchville Town Office or at the Town of Frenchville Facebook page.

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