The seventh annual River Festival will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Cider Hill Farm, located in the fields behind the downtown intersection of Main Street and Medomak Terrace. River Festival is a fundraising and community outreach event hosted by the Medomak Valley Land Trust.

The festival features local food vendors, lively music, a critter corner, boatbuilding and farmers, artisans and community groups from throughout the Medomak River watershed.  New this year is a schedule of featured demonstrations on topics including wildlife rehabilitation, woodworking, science experiments, seed-saving, barn raising and more.

The musical lineup includes Steelin’ Thunder and evening jazz by Best in Show. A community music jam will run from 3 to 5 p.m., and attendees are invited to bring their instruments and voices to share. Children can gather round the campfire in the afternoon for stories from the sea, a visit from the Waldoboro Fire Department’s Sparky the Fire Dog; and in the evening for a marionette musical show.

At 5 p.m., cocktails and jazz by Best in Show of New Harbor will kick off the evening portion of the festival. A live auction, led by Friendship auctioneer “Wild Bill” Michaud, will begin at 6 p.m. Auction items include stargazing with Harvard astrophysicist Robert Kirshner, a Friendship Long Island getaway, an oyster aquaculture tour and other bounty from the sea, a garden package that includes all natural fertilizer from Ocean Organics, a Moose Crossing Garden Center gift certificate and a garden consultation. One item — a slot in Tom Wessels’ Reading the Landscape Workshop at Medomak Camp in Washington — will be available through an online silent auction.

To celebrate the season's bounty, attendees are invited to bring vegetables from their garden to contribute to a harvest table. Vegetables will be donated to the Waldoboro Food Pantry following the festival.

River Festival is fun for the whole family and admission is free. A suggested donation of $5, $20 per family, will support the conservation efforts of MVLT. Parking for the festival is available at Cider Hill Farm; at the Pine Street Landing; and in other village parking lots. For more information, to volunteer or for event details, visit medomakvalley.org call 832-5570.

Medomak Valley Land Trust has been working for 20 years to promote and preserve the natural, recreational, and scenic character and the traditional land-uses of the Medomak River watershed. For more information about conservation options or MVLT’s services to landowners, call the land trust’s Waldoboro office, email mvlt@midcoast.com or visit the website.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.