Survivor competition to debut at July 12 Penobscot celebration


The annual Penobscot Days celebration will take place on July 12. For the first time, it will feature a “Sole Survivor” competition for children 10 years old and up.

PENOBSCOT — If you’ve ever attended the town’s Penobscot Days celebration and thought, “This just isn’t competitive enough for me,” then this is your year.

More accurately, it’s your son or daughter’s year. For the first time, the annual event on Saturday, July 12, will include an opportunity for area children to join one of four teams. Those teams will then duke it out with each other for two straight hours.

Organized by Pastor Ron Jackson of South Penobscot Baptist Church, the “Sole Survivor” competition will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Penobscot Community School gym.

Up to 40 youths will be divided into four teams and go against each other in games with names such as “Balloon Burst,” “ABCs and 123s” and “Marshmallow Toss.”

Jackson refrained from describing those games, lest he spoil the surprise. After every game, he said, one participant will be eliminated from each of the three losing teams by a drawing of marbles, so as not to hurt feelings.

But all will be allowed to keep playing if eliminated — they just won’t qualify for the final prize.

Potential survivors must be at least 10 years old and are encouraged to call Jackson at 667-2498 to sign up. Numbers permitting, walk-ons also will be welcome.

A water slide, bake sale and other activities also will take place behind the school.

Penobscot Days also will include a 7 a.m. breakfast and 11 a.m. hot dog lunch at the historical society, a 10 a.m. parade (participants will line up at 9) beginning at the top of Southern Bay Road and an 11:30 chicken barbecue at the fire station.

Penobscot Methodist Church will host a baked bean supper at 5:30 p.m., a band will play behind Bayview Market & Takeout at 7 and fireworks will go off at 9:15.

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Charles Eichacker

Charles Eichacker

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Charles Eichacker covers the towns of Bucksport, Orland, Castine, Verona Island, Penobscot, Brooksville and Dedham. When not working on stories, he likes books, beer and the outdoors. [email protected]