The annual Oakfest is back with a weekend of family fun events scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 22, 23 and 24 in Oakland.
The weekend kicks off Friday at Oakfest Downtown Wine & Dine with live music, food trucks, beer tent, wine and DACH tasting, street dancing, kids’ scavenger hunt, tours from the historic Memorial Hall, all starting at 5 p.m. on Main Street. .
The activities are sponsored by Oakland American Legion, Buddies Grocery & Oakland Pharmacy, according to a press release from the ShineOnCass Foundation.
On Saturday, ShineOn Oakland Day festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Williams Elementary School, 55 Pleasant St., with a 75-stall outdoor market featuring Maine artisans and artisans, a wide variety of vendors of food and dozens of activities for children. such as bouncy castles, slides, carnival games, rock climbing, Mad Science of Maine, Children’s Discovery Mobile Museum and Oakland Rocks.
To register for a painting evening, visit Oakland city website. The event will also include the Classic Cruise Car Show, educational booths and live bands all day.
Sunday begins with a kids race at 8 a.m., followed by the fifth annual Oakfest Paddle, Pedal & Pound Triathlon at 8:30 a.m. at Oakland Boat Landing, 22 Old Belgrade Ave.
This event for all levels of athletes begins with a 2.5 mile kayak or canoe paddle on Messalonskee Lake, followed by a 12 mile bike ride along Messalonskee Creek. The final leg is a 3.1 mile run through town, traversing wooded trails and ending at the landing stage.
Registration is $50 for individuals, $80 for a two-person team and $120 for a three-person team. The Kids Fun Run is free. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on all participants. To register for the Kids Fun Run and Triathlon, visit oaklandmaine.us/oakfest.
The foundation will collect school snack donations for local school pantries through the ShineOnCass Snack project. Those who wish can bring donations of individually wrapped, non-perishable snacks to help fill a school bus and stock shelves this fall for students in need. Donations will be accepted all weekend at Oakfest.
To register a booth, reserve catering or retail space, volunteer, or find more information about Oakfest 2022, call Kathy Paradis at 207-465-7358 or visit oaklandmaine.us/oakfest.