The second annual Thomaston Children’s Festival will take place Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Thomaston Academy Lawn.

The festival will be a day of fun for children of all ages and an opportunity to celebrate the town of Thomaston! Thomaston’s new Farmers’ Market will be open, there will be food available from Mike Mayo and friends, arts and crafts, a story tent, a pinewood derby racetrack, a fire engine, unicycles, storytelling and dance performances, live music, vendors and a resource fair for families interested in learning about local organizations and individuals providing children’s programs and services. Thanks to the sponsorship of Brooks Trap Mill, Kyle from Balloons of Maine will be returning and entertaining the crowd with his fun balloon animals. The event is free to the public and made possible by sponsors Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook, Brooks Trap Mill, 4M Productions, Rockland School of Ballet, Storyteller Moon, Cedar Street Preschool, Kids and Families First-Judith Orme, and Friends of Thomaston Public Library.

Festival participants this year who will be offering information and/or an activity include Friends of Thomaston Public Library, Thomaston Historical Society, Thomaston Recreation Department, Thomaston Fire Department, Cub Scouts Pack 215, OHS eighth-graders, Kids and Families First-Judith Orme, Rockland Community Sailing, Rockland School of Ballet, Pipsqueaks, Midcoast Music Together, Coastal Children’s Museum, Time Travelers History Camp, Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, Do Music, Storyteller Moon, Cub Scouts Pack 215, Carry ME Slings, Sunne Spot Studio, Paige Pendleton of Pig Wing Press, Billy’s Tavern, Stories by the Sea and Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook.

It will also be a day to recognize a rare genetic syndrome — Cornelia deLange Syndrome, also known as CdLS — whose national awareness day occurs May 11. Proceeds from raffle tickets and donations at this event will benefit the Cornelia deLange Syndrome Foundation (cdlsusa.org) and Children’s Programs at Thomaston Public Library. Gift certificates and raffle items will be available from Cedar Street Preschool, Clean Bee Laundry, Pipsqueaks, Sweet Tree Arts, CarryME Slings, Midcoast Music Together, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Coastal Children’s Museum, Camden National Bank, Storyteller Moon, Kids and Families First-Judith Orme, Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook, Montpelier-Henry Knox Museum, 4M Productions, Rockland School of Ballet, Herring Gut, Rockland Community Sailing, Do Music, Sunne Spot Studio, and Stories by the Sea.

For more information, to donate to our raffle, or to volunteer, contact Dena Davis, Thomaston resident and CdLS Awareness Coordinator for Maine, at 354-0614 or at BarefootBookNook@gmail.com.