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Update: Industry’s fireworks a go!

Fireworks photographed by Steve Mitman

Update: July 4: The winner of the 50/50 Raffle at the Industry Fireworks on Sunday is Ticket # 124790 and Paul Pellitier of Industry held that winning ticket. Congratulations Paul!
Update: 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3: Joe Paradis said the fireworks show is definitely on at the Wing's Field in Industry.

On July 3, Rangeley's Independence Day Celebration starts with Children's Day Parade, Silent Auction, Arts & Crafts Show, and Fireworks at Lakeside Park at about 9:30 p.m. Activities held through the day begin at 10 a.m. and end at dusk. Also part of the weekend events, Friends of the Arts presents four performances of the musical Footloose performance on July 4 weekend. The performances will be held at the Lakeside Theater at 7 p.m. on July 1, 2, 4, 5. Reserved seat tickets ($15) are available at The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce on 6 Park Road in Rangeley, 864-5364.

See update above: Industry's Fourth of July Fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 3 at Wing's Field off the West Mills Road. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. $10 a vehicle. Come early food vendors will be on site. As a reminder to the patrons once they have entered the field they will need to stay until the show has completed. We appreciate everyone's patience. Also, we will be holding a 50/50 Raffle. Number will be posted at the gate so they should have the tickets handy when exiting. Fireworks start at 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 3 in Jay, fireworks will be launched from Spruce Mountain Ski Area beginning about 9 p.m.

Carrabassett Valley's July 4th Celebration is held at the Town Park. Events are as follows: Noon, Outdoor Association Food Booth and Town Pool opens; 12:15 p.m.: Set-up for children's parade at Tufulio's parking lot. 12:30 p.m.: Children's Parade begins, proceeding to the Town Park. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Music by Kathy's Karaoke, all are invited to sing. 1:30 p.m.: Magic Show. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Children's Arts & Craft projects. 2:30 p.m.: Surprises in the sawdust pile for ages 3 to 13. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Music by the Coyote Drifters Rock & Roll band 9:15 p.m. (approx): Fireworks.

Farmington annual Fourth of July Parade will be held on Monday, July 4, with line up between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and a parade start at 10 a.m. from the parking lot on the corner of Quebec and Perkins Street in Farmington. The theme is "Building Community, Be a Piece of the Puzzle." The parade route will be north on Quebec Street, west on Perham Street, south on Main Street and east on South Street back to UMF's parking lot on Perkins Street.

Also part of Farmington's celebration, members of the Henderson Memorial Baptist Church, on Main and Academy streets, will give away free hot dogs and lemonade after the Fourth of July parade in Farmington. Donations will be accepted for the Franklin County Ecumenical Heating Fund; 100 percent of the contributions will go to support the ECU HEAT ministry. For more information call Rev. Crane at 778-2163. And the annual strawberry shortcake served up with homemade biscuits covered with delicious fresh-picked Pike's Farm strawberries and whipped cream will be served on July 4th from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. on the Pierce House front lawn, Main Street, Farmington. $4 each. Proceeds will benefit Farmington’s Old South First Congregational Church, UCC, outreach, community service and youth programs.

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  1. I have heard a lot of people saying online in the past 5 minutes that the Industry fireworks are cancelled. Half of the people say they are still on though. Can you find out for sure please? Thank You

  2. They shot them off even though you can't see any of them due to the fog and they won't let you leave untill they are done waste of time and money.

  3. We had a great time at the fireworks.. great friends, food, a few laughs, and a unique show, even spooky at times. Thanks for going thru with them.

    Mother nature, thank you for your sense of humor!

  4. They were a go but the fog was so thick that you could not see them unless they were cloase to the ground. I really thing it should have been postponed until the night of the 4th. It was a ripoff!

  5. 10 bucks and sunday evening down the drain

  6. It was a great time despite the fog and rain...but what where the winning 50/50 numbers? Thanks

  7. As a friend said at the fireworks, "why have a rain date if you don't use it?" They sounded good, but not much to see.

  8. I bet it's a tough call to make, but it's a shame everyone paid ten dollars for nothing. Didn't they fire a couple of test fireworks so they could tell the fog was not going to allow the fireworks to be seen?

  9. could only hear it

  10. see the photo at the top of the page-that's what it look surposed to look like

  11. I was really hoping people would be positive about the experience. It was not a waste of money. We got to see people we only see one time a year , had an awesome cookout, relaxed, the kids had a ball!!!!! Joe had a tough decision to make. All you poor sports out there, you knew the weather forecast predicted rain you should have kept your 10 bucks and stayed home. The rest of us made the best of a situation no one had control over. Mother nature was the one in control. Industry you did an awesome job. Thank you to all volunteers. I will be back without a doubt.

  12. Well said Melissa !!!! You can turn anything into a great time and we had a blast as well. I have never been to the Wing field and I think they did a great job !!!!!

  13. Awesome picture Steve

  14. WE didn't go this year but everyone I talked to that went, said they sucked. I guess Rumfords try back at it wasn't too good either. Industry is some of the best Iv"e ever seen. Rumford was good back in the day.

  15. Better Luck next year

  16. I was disappointed to have heard they were canceled, to then find out that they did have them. I agree... people knew what the weather was and made their own chose to go or not. And like Melissa said, all you can do is make the best of the situation. I am already looking forward to next years fireworks, and plan on attending. Keep up the good work. Thanx to wing farm for allowing them every year.