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Bicentennial Happenings in 2003

Bicentennial happenings will dominate the excitement in both Wilton and Temple in 2003 as these towns celebrate 200 years of community life.

Loon Maine-iaWilton .... Although most of the activities will take place during August, the Wilton Bicentennial will be kicked off in February during the Winter Festival when a blueberry quilt made by a Wilton resident will be raffled off to start the fundraising activities, followed by the start of sales of tickets for a Bicentennial quilt raffle.

But the major events for the Wilton Bicentennial will take place in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival, August 1 & 2. The town will come alive that weekend. Both the Anah and Kora Shriners, involving 46 units, will highlight a parade that will feature their motorcycles, clowns, renegade cars, as well as marchers. Other community groups and members are invited to participate to make it the biggest parade ever to move through Wilton.

Another highlight will be the Third Maine Regiment and the 15th Alabama Regiment who will come to town to march in the parade and stage a civil war reenactment. Other activities yet to be confirmed may include the Moving Vietnam Wall and the Anheiser Busch Clydesdales. Fireworks will double in size from the usual Blueberry Festival array over Wilson Lake, lasting approximately one hour for this special occasion.

A major event expected to draw crowds from around the state and beyond will be Loon Maine-ia Local artists will paint twenty or more larger-than-life loon sculptures which will be displayed around town. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring an artist's work are being solicited, and the sculptures themselves will be auctioned off sometime during the festival weekend.
For more information about the Wilton Bicentennial, call 778-4726.

Temple............. Temple citizens, too, will be filling the warm days of August with celebration of their town¹s Bicentennial. Their festivities will focus on August 15, 16, & 17. As of press time, plans were in the early stages of development, but several of the many anticipated activities were in the works.

The Historical Society will mount a display of artifacts, including pictures, articles, and objects of interest at the Temple Town Hall. They will also sponsor an open house at the Little Red Schoolhouse, the second oldest one-room school house still standing in Maine.

The Temple Stream Theater Group will perform a "Field Pageant"and will conduct other activities in their theater.
On Saturday, August 17, a parade will be held in downtown Temple, followed by a barbeque, a street dance, children's games, ball games, and horse and wagon rides. Military recruiters will also be present.
On Sunday, August 18, the town will hold a community worship service at the Village Church.
For more details as they develop and to learn of ways to participate, contact the Temple Historical Society at 778-4267.

So, come to town (both towns) and celebrate 2003. You will not look out of place in long beards, long skirts and bonnets, overalls, or other regalia that would have been visible on the streets of Wilton or Temple in 1803.

Kent Wiles, President | Laurie Blake, Executive Director
407 Wilton Road | Farmington, Maine 04938
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