Saturday, July 9 marks the 23rd annual Strawberry Festival & Parade in Lincolnville Center.

Sponsored by the United Christian Church, this is a traditional summer church fair, with something for people of all ages. The festival features favorites so many look forward to while offering additional features organizers hope the public will also enjoy.

The Church and Community Building are located at 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Here’s what is planned:

Parade —The event kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m., assembling at the Drake Corner Store at the intersection of Routes 173 52, to the church grounds on 173/Searsmont Road.

Children and their families are encouraged to meet at the Lincolnville Community Library on Route 173, to decorate bikes, trikes, unicycles, strollers, wagons and whatever the children would like to ride in the parade. Decorations will be provided and volunteers will be there to assist.

The parade is led by Ross Faneuf, bagpiper, followed by the children, and will include the usual church and youth groups, the Lincolnville Band, politicians, sled dog teams, fire engines and old cars and tractors. The parade ends at the church and Community Building grounds. There will be hot dogs and popcorn, sno cones and Popsicles for sale, in addition to the traditional strawberry shortcake and pies.

This year a new addition will be a booth with local authors. Some of the people represented at the event include Liz Hand, Kate Braestrup, and Kate's son W. Zach Griffith. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Children's activities are held inside the Parish Hall and Sanctuary, as well as outside on the church lawn. There will be a puppet show, offered by Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten & LifeWays Center of Lincolnville, at 10:30 and 11 a.m. All children's activities are free.

Musicians performing include the Lincolnville Band, fiddler Greg Dorr, and Rosey and the Wayfaring Strangers. Annie-Sue, the miniature pony will make her annual appearance, as well as a much- loved clown.

Because the church now sponsors monthly flea markets in its Community Building (third Saturday of each month, May to November), there will be no white elephants or book sales at this year's Strawberry Festival. Craft and art work by Mary Bok and Marcia Anderson will be for sale. All proceeds from the event go to the general operating budget of the United Christian Church and the Community Building.

Additionally, the church building will house displays illustrating the history of the church and will be open for guided tours. The United Christian Church was built 1820-1821, just as Maine was becoming a state, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information, contact Lois Lyman at 763-2170 or LincolnvilleUCC@gmail.com.

Schedule of events

9 a.m. — Festival begins at Community Building and Church. Strawberry shortcake & pies, hot dogs, popcorn, jams & relishes, icy treats, arts, historic image slideshow from the Penobscot Marine Museum collection, Lincolnville authors, Good Neighbor Gnomes and More! all morning in the Community Building.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Children's activities and face painting int he Parish Hall and on the lawn.

9 to 10:30 a.m. — Tours of Historic 1821 Meeting House

9:30 a.m. —  Children decorate bikes at the Lincolnville Community Library parking lot for parade. Kids and bicycles are invited.

10 a.m. — Parade from Drake's store to the festival. Children join at the library.

10:30 and 11 a.m. — Puppet Shows for children in the church by Spindlewood Kindergarten.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. —  Music: Wandering Fiddler Greg Dorr

11:30 to 11:55 a.m. — Music: Lincolnville Band Concert at the band wagon, Plays On!!!

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Tours of the historic 1821 Meeting House

Noon — Music: Rosey and the Wayfaring Strangers on the lawn

1 p.m. — Festival closes.

Important notes

PARKING: No parking on the grounds. Handicap parking only behind Tidewater garage; all other parking off site.

DOGS: For health and safety reasons, no dogs can be allowed inside. Dogs outside must be on a leash.

REST ROOMS: Please use the handicap-accessible portable unit outside. The country well simply cannot accommodate so many visitors. Thank you for understanding!