The Annual Piscataquis River Festival is a major public celebration for Guilford as well as surrounding communities. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday, July 26th at the Guilford Ball Field on Water Street. Ongoing since 2004, the Festival is planned to coincide with the Alumni Weekend for Guilford High School and the Piscataquis Community High School.
This event is free admission and will feature live music, cruise-in, arts, crafts and food booths with ice cold beer, an alumni softball game, fireman’s hose fountain, a tsunami water slide, and kid’s activities; including a bounce house, a treasure hunt and pig scramble.
Kicking off the day will be The United Methodist Church public breakfast from 7 to 9 AM.
A free kids fun run begins at 7:30 AM, registration is at 7 AM. All participants will receive a free t-shirt. A 5K Road race begins at 8:45 AM, registration is at 8:15. There is a fee of $15 with a food donation and you’ll receive a tee shirt. You can also pre-register for the free kids fun run or the 5K by calling 876-4813.
A parade featuring the Shrine clowns will take off at 9:30 AM. A three on three basketball tournament will be held at 10 AM. Contact Denise Buzzelli at 564-7533 to register.
The pig scramble featuring three age classes will begin at 1 PM. Contact Herring Brothers Meats at 876-4395 for more information on the scramble. Live music by the band Shine take place from 1 to 5 PM. The band 3Horsemen will perform from 5 to 9 PM. There will also be a pie-eating contest and a rubber duck race. Duck race tickets are available for purchase IGA, Key Bank or the Guilford Town Office. The festival will come to a close with a fireworks display once the sky goes dark.
The Festival treasure hunt maps will be available for pick up beginning on Monday, July 21st at Community Fitness between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM or 3 and 5:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Treasure hunters should then follow the map to different locations to get prizes and have their map stamped. Completed maps must be turned in to the River Festival tee shirt booth by 1 PM on Saturday July 26th to be eligible to win a gift card drawing.