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Chester Greenwood Day celebrates 43 years this Saturday

A festive car ends the parade with an excited crowd all around.

FARMINGTON - On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce presents the 43rd annual celebration of Chester Greenwood, Farmington native and earmuff inventor. The theme for this year's parade is “Favorite Story Book Scene” so join the celebration and don’t forget to include earmuffs on your float! Many favorite events will be returning this year including the annual parade, gingerbread contest, craft fairs, historical open houses and polar bear dip.

Also returning this year is the “Taste of Farmington” event. Purchase a $5 passport and visit the participating local eateries on Chester Greenwood Day from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy a sample of the great food that downtown Farmington has to offer. Fourteen participating eateries include Thai Smile, The Roost, Tuck’s Ale House, Farmington House of Pizza, The Homestead, Java Joe’s, Determined Nutrition, UMF Beaver Lodge, The Orange Cat Café at Twice Sold Tales, Sweet Life Kettle Corn at Tranten’s Market, The Downtown Press Café, Wicked Good Candy, Mixed Up Kitchen and Dunkin' Donuts. “Taste of Farmington” passports are available for purchase at the Franklin County Chamber office and County Seat Realty prior to Dec. 7. You can also purchase the passports on Chester Greenwood Day at the Chamber’s Chester Greenwood Day information booth in downtown Farmington in the parking lot by the old court house.

The schedule of Chester Greenwood Day festivities are as follows:

On Friday, Dec. 6

6 p.m. Tree Lighting next to Franklin Savings Bank (219 Main St.). Santa, hot chocolate, popcorn and tentatively music.

On Saturday, Dec. 7

8 - 10 a.m. Thrifty Santa Toy Sale at Old South at 235 Main Street. “Good as-new” toys at very affordable prices.

8 - 1 p.m. Cookie Walk & White Elephant Sale Henderson Memorial Baptist Church- 11O Academy St., Farmington. Purchase a hand-decorated coffee can and fill it up with a variety of homemade cookies.

9 - 12 p.m. 10th Annual Gingerbread House Contest at Bangor Savings Bank, Main St, Farmington. Free. Pre-register by contacting the Chamber. Drop off from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.

9 - 6 p.m. Rotary’s Festival of Trees at Farmington Community Center. Local musical groups throughout the day. Taste of Farmington passport drop off location. Live auction begins at 6 p.m..

9 - 10 a.m. The Smiling Goat Precision Jugglers will be at Twice Sold Tales giving instruction.

9 - 12 p.m. Hot Cocoa and Popcorn at University Credit Union.

9 - 3 p.m. Franklin County Arts & Crafts Association Annual Craft Fair at the University of Maine at Farmington Student Center, Farmington.

9 - 2 p.m. American Legion Craft Fair 2 Floors of Crafts. Large Luncheon Menu.

10 - 2 p.m. Open Houses: The Titcomb House - (corner of Academy and High Streets) will be decorated for the season. Events are: Christmas Wreath Sales all day long. Displays include: Doll Collection, Isabel Greenwood’s Suffrage activities. The Octagon House- (Corner of Perham and Broadway) Light refreshments, Gould Family Displays, decorated for the season. Donations at the door accepted.

10 - 12 p.m. Coats for Kids Drop off gently used coats at Bangor Savings Bank beginning on Chester Greenwood Day.

10 a.m. Parade Line-Up at Mallet School in Farmington the Quebec St. entrance. Free! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Theme is “Storybook Scene.” Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place adult floats and 1st & 2nd overall youth organization float.

11 a.m. Parade Begins! Parade will occur rain, snow, or shine. Flag raising ceremony will take place at the courthouse after the parade.

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church- 11O Academy St., Farmington.

12 - 2 p.m. Chester Greenwood Birthday Cake made by the Orange Cat Cafe served along with a snowflake-making table at Twice Sold Tales.

12 - 2 p.m. “Coat & Cupboard” Select a clean, gently used coat from a large collection. Hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants, boots & blankets etc. Located in rear of building, 227 Main Street. Donations also accepted. Free hot chocolate and baked goods.

12 - 3 p.m. “Taste of Farmington” Purchase your passport for only $5 & visit participating local eateries for delicious samples.

12:30 - 3 p.m. The Great Earmuff Bear Hunt. Starting at Farmington Underground, participants will receive a map/clue sheet. Kids 12 and under will make their way around town to different shops looking for teddy bears with ear muffs. When the hunt is completed, participants come back to Farmington Underground (where a hot chocolate bar will be set up) with their map/clue sheet and be entered into a raffle to win the BIG PRIZE! $2 per child.

1 - 3 p.m. Guest author Laurie Apgar Chandler at Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers. All day Store Book Fair- 20 percent of all purchases go to the local school library of your choice.

1 - 3 p.m. Open House – The Pierce House will have memorabilia pertaining to the Greenwoods on display. Old fashioned refreshments and cookie decorating.

3 p.m. 32nd Annual Polar Bear Dip at the breakwater on Clearwater Lake, Industry. Dip if you dare!

6 p.m. Rotary’s Festival of Trees Auction begins at Farmington Community Center. Drop off Taste of Farmington passports here.

6 p.m. Farmington Historical Society Pie Social & Concert Pie Social at 6pm at North Church. Denny Breau Concert at 7 p.m. Reservations suggested.

Chester Greenwood Day commemorative long sleeve t-shirts are available for $15 each. Purchase your shirt at the Franklin County Chamber office and County Seat Realty prior to Dec. 7. You can also purchase the shirts on Chester Greenwood Day at the Chamber’s Chester Greenwood Day information booth in downtown Farmington.

Any updates and changes to the schedule will be posted at the Chamber website and on our Facebook page. For questions or more information contact the Chamber at 207.778.4215 or

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  1. Also 10 - 2 pm Poppie's Product's Christmas Bows & Colorful Ribbon Wreaths Stand will be set up in the parking lot by the old Court House.

  2. The music for "Chester Eve" is no longer tentative. We have Mark Gentle on tap to perform from 5:30 to 6:30.
    We hope to see everyone there! :-)

  3. And end your day at The Roost with the Ice Out Band. 9:00-12:30. Bring your dancing shoes!