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    Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival

    Camp Sunshine's first annual Watermelon Festival at L.L. Bean's Discovery Park on Aug. 12 proved that anything a pumpkin can do a watermelon can do better... or tastier. With a watermelon eating contest, a carving demonstration, seed spitting contest, a greased watermelon challenge and other lawn games, live music and food, the Watermelon Festival was a sweet way to raise money and awareness for Camp Sunshine's retreats for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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    Paddle Battle at Nonantum Resort

    It was a fine day for the fifth annual Paddle Battle, The Nonantum Resort's Kennebunk River paddle race and lawn party Sunday, Aug. 5. More than 100 recreational and competitive racers brought kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and surfboards and paddled their way past cheering fans, vying for Paddle Battle trophies and local bragging rights. Music by the Kennebunk River Band, lawn games and picnic food rounded out a fun afternoon by--and on--the water, all to raise money for Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services.

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    Summer Session: Maine Brewers’ Guild festival

    Saturday was a fine day to be a beer lover as the Maine Brewers' Guild's Summer Session 2017 took over Thompson's Point. The sold-out festival included a whole lot of local craft beer samples as well as "beer school" talks, food trucks, live music, vendors and games. The Maine Beer Box, a shipping container with fixed taps, had returned from Iceland and served both local and Icelandic brews.

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    Yarmouth Clam Festival

    In its 52nd year, the Yarmouth Clam Festival boasted a whole lot more traditions than clams. Despite the rides, games, contests and races, art and craft sales, and dozens of musical acts, food is at the heart of the festival. And what's there to feel guilty about when you're supporting more than 35 community groups, churches and school groups serving up favorites like clams every which way, shore dinners, crab cakes, lobster rolls, haddock fingers, fried scallops, corndogs, kielbasa, fried pickles, and fried dough? Don't forget all the homemade pies, strawberry shortcake, Whoopie pies, lime rickeys, blueberry soda and root beer floats. (Full yet?)

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    Greek Heritage Festival

    Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saco saw between 6,000 and 7,000 visitors at its annual festival the weekend of July 7-9. It's an everybody's welcome sort of event, with a bounce house, games and face painting for the little ones. And, of course, the focus is on (mostly) traditional Greek food prepared and served by volunteers. The festival includes Greek music and dancing and tours of the church building, the sanctuary of which is covered in icons written in Greece and shipped to Maine.

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    Bug Light Movie Nights

    The fifth summer of the Bug Light Summer Movie Series kicked off with the biggest crowd yet, with hundreds of people staking out a patch of lawn at Bug Light Park to watch "Trolls" (with one of the characters voiced by Maine native Anna Kendrick). People start setting up blankets and chairs around 6:30 p.m., which leaves plenty of time before sunset to get something from one of the food trucks or unpack a picnic, play a card game or just a round of catch, and do plenty of running, dancing, cartwheeling and rolling down hills. (Hey, it was a young crowd.) Future flicks: "The Princess Bride" July 13, "Moana" July 20 and "Dirty Dancing" July 27.

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    Stars & Stripes Spectacular

    More than¬†50,000 people gathered on the Eastern Promenade in Portland at Stars & Stripes Spectacular, Maine’s largest annual 4th of July celebration. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Moody in his final year, along with vocalist Susie Pepper, performed their 7th annual “Patriotic Pops” concert, with Casco Bay behind and incredible fireworks above.

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    Wild Vibes Festival

    In its fourth year, the Wild Vibes yoga, music and art festival relocated to Maine--at Spring Hill in South Berwick. The day-long event features yoga in the outdoors, live music and art, workshops and vendors, all with a wild, hippie vibe. www.wildvibes.org #wildvibesfest #liveyourwild