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Friday Report ~ June 19, 2015

Whatever! - When the snow melts and the flowers arrive, it’s summertime in Maine's Kennebec Valley. Traditionally, this is the opportunity to gather following a long winter and celebrate with friends and family. Over the years, this tradition has developed into a vibrant season of Fairs and Festivals in Maine.

Few locations celebrate the summer better than the two week long “Whatever” festival in Augusta and surrounding communities. From June 17 through the 4th of July, the calendar is chocked full of fantastic events. From concerts to riverfront activities to an amazing Kids Day in the Park and a fun filled Independence Day. Over 150 events happen during this 18 day festival.

The event kicked off this past Wednesday with the opening of the Blistered Fingers Bluegrass Festival in Litchfield Maine from June 17th-20th. Some of the best bluegrass performers from around the country take the stage for the four day festival.

As the Whatever Festival gains speed, we come to the Greater Gardiner Riverfest tomorrow, June 20th. This fun filled day happens in historic Gardiner where they close the main street and the entire town comes out for a craft fair, talent show and countless other activities capped off with fireworks over the water. See the entire schedule here.

Next Saturday, the 27th of June, Augusta celebrates Kids Day in Capitol Park. This day full of free activities for children includes, children’s performers, medieval demonstrations, K-9 demonstrations, touch-a-truck displays and much much more from 11-3 in Capitol Park, Augusta. See the incredible lineup of free children’s activities here.

The festival wraps up with a festive holiday celebration of our nation’s independence in Augusta with the Capital City Riverfront Fourth. Old Fort Western will host an old time independence day all day long, a grand parade starts at 4pm with live music and family activities from 5pm until dusk at Mill park in Augusta. At sunset you can find fireworks in Augusta and Winthrop and countless other communities throughout the region.

These events highlight this amazing two week festival, but there are numerous other attractions throughout the area during this time including, “Waterfront Wednesday” concerts in Augusta, a Civil War re-enactment at the Viles Arboretum, “Rock on the River” concerts in Hallowell, road races and even a Petanque Tournament at Mill Park Augusta. See a complete listing of the festival events, times and locations here.

Come on out to the festival and do “Whatever”!