Children from the Harbor House Children's Center enjoy themselves during the annual Flamingo Festival parade in Southwest Harbor last year. This year’s Flamingo Festival is planned for July 15-18. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Fans ready to flock to Flamingo Festival

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The town’s annual riot of pink, otherwise known as the Harbor House Flamingo Festival, is scheduled for July 15-18.

This year, the community service center is joining in the Acadia National Park centennial celebration with the theme “Flamingos through Time.”

The four days of fun start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, with a lobster bake on the Village Green hosted by the American Legion. The cost is $20 per person.

A pancake breakfast on the green from 7-8:30 a.m. kicks things off on Saturday. The cost is $5 per person. The breakfast is followed at 9 a.m. by the Flamingo Parade along Main Street, which easily is the most popular event of the celebration.

Following the parade is a kids’ carnival with bounce house, dunk tank and games from 10 a.m. to noon on the green. A children’s theatrical performance is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

Craftspeople and artists will have their work available for sale on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the green.

The U.S. Coast Guard is hosting an open house Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome to tour the base on the Clark Point Road.

Sunday begins with a road race, the Flamingo 4-Miler. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Tremont Consolidated School on the Tremont Road in that town. Runners are then bused to the Seawall Picnic Area for the 8:30 p.m. start of the run back to the school.

At 3 p.m., golfers can take to the links for the Feathered Friends Golf Scramble at the Causeway Club. Golfers and others will then gather in the Causeway Club barn for the annual Southwest Harbor Polo and Yacht Club cocktail party. The party hosted by the tongue-in-cheek club includes appetizers, drinks and live music.

The festival concludes Monday at 7:30 p.m. with a concert by the steel drum band Flash in the Pans on the Pemetic Green.

The Flamingo Festival honors the iconic pink plastic lawn ornament and its designer, Don Featherstone, who with his wife, Nancy, attended the festival from 1996 until 2013, when ill health forced the couple to stay near their Leominster, Mass.-home. Featherstone passed away in 2015.


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