FRIENDSHIP — The 38th annual Friendship Day celebration is scheduled for July 30 and 31 after being called off in 2020.

“We’re excited that we are able to do it,” said Town Clerk Kathy MacLeod. “We’re happy to be back to normal a little bit.”

This annual event is actually a town fundraiser to help pay the town’s ambulance bill and fund other non-profit services so that taxpayers do not have to pay these bills through their property tax.

As the 2020 fundraiser was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, MacLeod said Friendship Day is more important than ever this year.

“We’re hoping to have a large crowd,” she added.

Following is the schedule of some events for the weekend, with activities for people of all ages.

July 30

Pie contest, 4:45 p.m. The pie contest consists of fruit double crust pies and cream pies. Audiences are welcome and encouraged. After the judging, pies will be available for sale by the slice.

July 31

Annual Road Races Registration for the races begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Advent Christian Church parking lot. Awards will be presented at Friendship Village School parking lot following the Long Haul race.

Short Haul, 7 a.m. The one-mile family fun run and walk for children up to 8th grade and parents. The entry fee is a $2 donation.

Long Haul, 7:50 a.m. A 5K road race. Entry fee is $20 for pre-registration and $25 to register the day of the race.

Blueberry pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. The 20th annual blueberry pancake breakfast, held at Advent Christian Church. Both plain and blueberry pancakes will be available, featuring fresh blueberries from Beth’s Farms. Maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee also available.

Friendship Lobster Rolls, 9 a.m. The Friendship Fire Department will be serving up lobster rolls, other foods, drinks and desserts beside the fire station. All proceeds go to the Fire Department Fund.

Town parade, 10 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “There are big ships and small ships and the ships that sail the sea but the best ship is Friendship and may they always be.”

The 2021 grand marshals are fishermen ages 75 and older, called “Salute to the Old Salts.”

Boston Cane holders Alma Black of Cushing and Carolyn Kaler of Friendship are also grand marshals.

The parade will begin at Tamarack Road and end at the Hahn Community Center.

Benefit cornhole tournament, 11:30 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Medomak Valley Baseball. There will be prizes or trophies for each age group.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. or preregister by calling Heather Simmons at 691-5151.

Mr. Drew and His Animals Too, noon — A reptile show at the kids area, to the right of the Hahn Community Center parking lot.

Auction, 1 p.m. Auctioneer Bill Michaud will be returning to the Han Community Center for the annual auction.

The town is looking for donations for the auction. Anyone interested in donating for the auction should contact the town office.

Live music, 2  to 4 p.m. Jameson Point Lobster Company will feature live music. The restaurant will be open and serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chicken barbecue dinner, 5 p.m. This dinner is hosted by the Friendship Day Committee. Tickets are available at the town office and are $14 each. Dinner includes chicken, coleslaw, rolls, chips, a drink and dessert. Proceeds go to the town ambulance bill.

Fireworks, 9 p.m. Fireworks will be over the Friendship Harbor. They can be seen from the town wharf or along the roadway.

For more information on events, or a full schedule, contact the Friendship Town Office.

A previous Friendship Day pie contest. courtesy of Kathy MacLeod