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Children enjoy Christmas in July with free ‘Grinch’ movie at Riverside Park

FORT KENT, Maine — Dozens of children attended a showing of “The Grinch” on Tuesday, July 30, during the latest installment of a weekly series of free Summer Movies at Riverside Park in Fort Kent. 

The evening included free candy canes and mini Christmas-themed coloring books with crayons for the children. Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones were available to purchase.

The famed character from “The Grinch”– Cindy Lou Who — made an appearance at Riverside Park with the assistance of Fort Kent administrative assistant Cindy Bouley.

Mckenzie Stanley, 3, of Fort Kent was especially taken with Cindy Lou as the little girl followed Cindy Lou around and repeatedly took her by the hand prior to the movie to dance to Christmas-themed music, to look at a lighted Christmas tree and to partner with her several times during games of “Four Square,” which is played with a beach ball. 

“I like Cindy Lou Who,” Mckenzie said. 

The youngster attended the event with her sister, Cassidy Stanley, 10, and the girls’ mother, Tiffany Stanley. 

“It’s a wonderful event to do something together as a family,” Tiffany Stanley said. “It’s a girls’ night of quality time.” 

“I think it’s fun and something nice to do with family and friends to get to know new people,” added Cassidy Stanley. 

The final installment of Summer Movies at Riverside Park will take place Tuesday, Aug. 6, with a free showing of  “Back to the Future 3.” Guests are welcome to dress in any historic attire. 

The event will take place at dusk, rain or shine, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and bug spray. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

The Summer Movies at Riverside Park initiative is a collaboration between the town of Fort Kent, the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Maine School Administrative District 27, Northern Maine Medical Center and Fish River Rural Health.

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