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Greater Gardiner River Festival 2012
Media Contacts: Anne Davis, 582-3312
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 7, 2012

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Greater Gardiner River Festival, June 20 – June 23, 2012
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The Greater Gardiner River Festival begins on Wednesday, June 20, with a bang—Kavanaugh Carnival on the waterfront at 4 pm, Maine vendors selling your favorite festival foods, The Bilge Pumps rock band from 7-9 pm, and spectacular fireworks from Central Maine Pyrotechnics at 9:30 pm. This festival traditionally kicks off the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Whatever Family Festival that includes events in Gardiner, Hallowell, Winthrop, and Augusta.
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The carnival continues on Thursday and Friday beginning at 4 pm and will run until about 9:30pm. Bring the whole family down to the beautiful waterfront and enjoy food from our vendors and the live bands playing.~ Enjoy the sounds of Kate and the Kindred on Thursday, and Sweatband on Friday as they entertain visitors on the Kennebec River boardwalk from 7pm to 10pm.~
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Plan on spending most of your day in Gardiner on Saturday, June 23.~ Christ Church will be hosting a pancake breakfast to start things off, and Colossal Yard Sale from 8 to 3.~ From 9am to 4pm the Gardiner Public Library will be holding its annual book sale with many great treasures to be discovered.~ Downtown Water Street will be closed to vehicular traffic so we can celebrate the 10th Annual Gardiner Arts & Crafts Festival from 10am – 4pm.~ There will be specialty food vendors, and wonderful arts and crafts from Maine artisans, and a “Denny Buster” challenge by Dennis’ Pizza at1pm. ~In front of Johnson Hall from 10 am to noon, children can work with artists from the Center for Maine Craft. to create art projects to take home. ~Great live music and entertainment will be presented in Johnson Hall mini-park. At noon, Ampersand Academy of Dance will perform; at 1:15pm, Magician Bruce Johnson will amaze and entertain; and at 2:30pm, the Maranacook String Band plays bluegrass music.~ In case of rain, the entertainment moves inside Johnson Hall.~ From 12pm to 4pm, entertainer Rick Adam will wander from Water Street to the Waterfront and make you laugh with character comedy, clowning, balloon animals, stilt-walking, and more.~
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The Gardiner Waterfront is another fun place to be.~ The carnival will be open all day along with a giant slide, and there are plenty of food vendors.~ There will also be an opportunity to support many local non-profit organizations at their tables.~ Fire Department demonstrations throughout the day and kayak and canoe demos with MACKRO are new additions to the events. A Coast Guard vessel will be docked along the waterfront and it will be opened for tours all day.~ The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner will be on hand from noon to 3 pm with children’s activities, face-painting and games.
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Why go home for supper?~ Restaurants downtown and food vendors at the waterfront will remain open all day.~ The famous Johnson Hall Waterfront Talent Show, hosted by comedian Gary Crocker, will begin at 6:30PM.~ Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy the sights and sounds of talented amateur performers from throughout our greater Kennebec Valley area.~ There will be no need to move as the fabulous fireworks display, sponsored by Gardiner Federal Credit Union, will be launched from the river right by the stage at about 9:30 pm.~ Rain date for the Talent Show only, is Sunday, June 24 at 3PM in GAHS Little Theater.
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Don’t miss this wonderful festival!~ Come to Gardiner, Maine and enjoy the beautiful waterfront, dine on some delicious local cuisine and support our local arts and culture. Shops and restaurants are open as well. Bring the whole family and stay for the day. There is plenty of designated parking and lots of entertainment. The event is organized by the GGRF Committee and brought to you by generous sponsors: Central Maine Pyrotechnics, City of Gardiner, Gardiner Federal Credit Union, Eagles/Cobbossee Aerie #4330, Macdonald Page & Co., Kennebec Savings Bank, Quirk Ford, Pine State Beverage, The Bank of Maine, Eaton Peabody, API Technology, Portland North Truck Center, Russ Williams Fuel, Country Fare, Inc., Chapman’s Fuel, American Legion Smith Wiley Post 4, Mix 107.9 Radio, Kennebec Tailoring and Mending, Fuller’s Market, and Harvey’s Hardware.~ Please call the Gardiner Public Library at 207-582-3312 if you need more information.~ ~~##
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Executive Director
Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center
"Entertainment & More Since 1864"
280 Water Street, PO Box 777
Gardiner, ME~ 04345
(207) 582-7144
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