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Madawaska community celebrates town’s 150th birthday

MADAWASKA, Maine — Despite an early morning rain, bicentennial park was filled with music and laughter as nearly 300 community members set out to enjoy a day to celebrate the 150th birthday of the town of Madawaska put on by the Acadian Festival Committee on July 21. 

The event entertained people of all ages with a band, bounce houses, inflatable water slide, face painting, birthday cupcakes and more. 

Families and community members turned out for the 150th birthday celebration for the Town of Madawaska July 21 at Bicentennial Park.
(Courtesy of Mindy Braley)

“This was important because we wanted to do something special to celebrate the town of Madawaska turning 150 in 2019,” said organizer Mindy Braley. “The Sesquicentennial celebration for our community is a big deal and we thought this would be a fun way to get people out and excited.”

The event featured the band Revolver who played their covers and hits. They also had face painting by Mimi and bouncy houses furnished by the recreation department. 

But the biggest surprise of all was a brand new inflatable water slide that the Acadian Festival Committee recently purchased. Braley said the committee plans to have the water slide available some weeks at NorState’s Music in the Park, weather permitting. 

Families and community members turned out for the 150th birthday celebration for the Town of Madawaska July 21 at Bicentennial Park.
(Courtesy of Mindy Braley)

“The biggest attraction was the new water slide. Kids were loving it,” she said. “We also had free cupcakes and ice cream for all, all supplied by the Acadian Festival Committee.” 

The Acadian Festival will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of the town of Madawaska and will feature an array of events and activities for the whole family Aug. 15-18.  

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