2018-07-26 / Community News

Bacon Street Festival is Aug. 5 in Biddeford neighborhood

The annual Bacon Street Festival, a free event for all community members offered as part of the National Night Out campaign, will celebrate its 11th year noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 39 Sullivan St. in St. Andre’s senior housing parking lot in the Bacon Street neighborhood. The festival is cosponsored by the city of Biddeford, Heart of Biddeford, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution, Biddeford, Saco Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Biddeford Housing Authority.

The festival highlights efforts made over the past several years to make the neighborhood an even more family friendly community to live in. This year’s activities include live music performed by the Ketch Fish Band and BillyBilly, a petting zoo, pony rides, games, food, a visit by the Furries, a rock climbing wall, pedal car races, bouncy house and water slide. The festival will also feature the recently rehabilitated former rectory building at 73 Bacon St. as an example of the transformation that has taken place in the neighborhood. Prizes and treats will be available for all children, and no pre-registration is required to participate in activities. The city’s police, fire, recreation and public works departments will join the festivities.

“The Bacon Street Festival is a grassroots event that couldn’t take place without the participation of dedicated community volunteers,” said Community Development Coordinator Linda Waters in a press release. “We’re very excited to host another fantastic event this year that showcases the importance of working together as a neighborhood to revitalize the place you live.”

The National Night Out campaign, an initiative sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, provides an opportunity for cities and towns across the United States to implement activities that promote safe neighborhoods, crime, drug and violence prevention, and police-community partnerships. The city has received awards in eight of the past 10 years for its participation in National Night Out and its revitalization efforts in the Bacon Street neighborhood. The city has annually competed with more than 15,000 communities across the U.S. for this recognition, and it has been the only community awarded in Maine to date.

For more information on the festival and a schedule of events and sponsors, visit www.biddefordmaine.org. Activities will be held rain or shine.

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