The 24th annual Strawberry Festival will be held Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincolnville Community Building and the United Christian Church (UCC) located at 18 Searsmont Road, Route 173 in Lincolnville Center.

The event offers a full array of fun activities for the whole family including a parade, puppet shows, children's crafts and games, and food galore.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Drakes Corner and will be led by piper Ross Faneuf and features the Lincolnville Band. Youngsters on their decorated bicycles will join the entourage at the library and all will arrive at the Community Building at 10:30 a.m.

There will be musical entertainment throughout the day including Rosey and Friends, the Lincolnville Band, and the Soup Café Harmonica Boys led by Sam Manning.

Children's activities include crafts and face painting in the Parish Hall, a 15-minute puppet show in the church sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and new this year, from 10:30 to 12:30, photographs with Annie Sue, everyone's favorite miniature horse from Moose Ridge Farm.

The main attraction is the homemade strawberry shortcake with whipped cream! There will also be grilled hot dogs with Bob's famous onions and relish, sausage rolls, and popcorn. Jams and other strawberry goodies will be for sale as well as antiques and crafts featuring Barbara Bentley's unique totes and handbags made from repurposed grain bags and Mary Lou Carver's handcrafted bird ornaments.

History buffs will have a chance to have a guided tour of the church which was built as the town meetinghouse in 1821. It has the original boxed pews, upper pulpit, balcony, and rippled glass windows.

The Strawberry Festival is sponsored by the United Christian Church, an "all welcome" community church. The UCC takes great pleasure in organizing the fun-filled community event. Bring a lawn chair and plan to spend the day visiting with friends and enjoying the good food and entertainment. For more information call Roberta Heald, event coordinator, at 763-3266.