News Feature

Originally published in Compass, July 3, 2014
Food, fireworks and fun
Penobscot Day celebration will have parade and more

by Tevlin Schuetz

Penobscot’s annual town celebration is back with events planned in the vicinity of the Route 199 and 175 intersection (Southern Bay Road). All are invited to join in the festivities on Saturday, July 12.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. Participants should begin lining up at 9 a.m. by the South Penobscot Baptist Church at the top of the hill on the Southern Bay Road. Anyone who wants to enter a float can sign up by calling Fire Chief Dennis Robertson at 326-4885. All entries will be judged, and prizes will be awarded to outstanding floats, with awards for first, second and third place.

To accommodate the parade, a portion of Route 175 (the lower end of the Southern Bay Road) and Route 199 will be closed during the event.

The historical society will host a breakfast at 7 a.m. and a hot dog lunch at 11 a.m. They will also have a yard sale and craft tent activities for the whole day.

The fire department’s annual chicken barbecue lunch starts at the station at 11:30 a.m.

There will be a new event this year, the Penobscot Day Survivor competition, at 1 p.m. in the school gym. Participation is limited to 40 people. Early arrival is encouraged in order to compete, and aspiring competitors can call the Rev. Ron Jackson at 667-2498 to preregister.

Also at the school, there will be a water slide and a bake sale after the parade.

The Penobscot United Methodist Church will hold a baked bean supper, featuring strawberry shortcake for dessert, with one seating at 5:30 p.m.

From 7 to 9 p.m., there will be music and dancing behind Bay View Takeout. The fireworks display will begin at dusk, around 9:15 p.m., and can be viewed from the restaurant and surrounding area.