The Lisbon Harvest Festival returns this month after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The festival is a fall community tradition that takes place before Halloween. Now in its 12th year, it aims to provide an opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to organize games and other activities to raise funds for their programs.
“It has always been an event to benefit our local non-profit groups like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school groups, masons and other theater clubs,” said festival coordinator Lynette Carver. “The festival is aimed at these groups.
Festival events include a children’s costume parade, pumpkin carving, pie-eating contests, raffles, and other activities.
The most exciting part of the festival is the car raffle that will take place, Carver said.
The Lisbon High School class in 2023 is raising funds by raffling a 2011 Chrysler 200 convertible at the event, and all proceeds will be donated to the class. The car is donated by Crafts Cars of Lisbon. The students have been carrying on the raffle tradition for eight years now.
The event is free and it is not compulsory to wear a mask on site. However, hand sanitizers and masks will be available.
“Everything is still quite traditional. When it comes to COVID-19, we are not making masks mandatory. People can wear masks if that’s what they feel comfortable with, but it’s not something we demand, ”Carver said.
So far, around eight nonprofits have registered for the event. However, Carver said she expects the number to increase in the coming days.
Tickets for various activities are priced at 50 cents each. According to Carver, people need to buy the tickets at the box office first and then participate in the activities.
“The festival has a bit of something for everyone, not just the kids,” Carver said. “It’s encouraging to feel that we’re getting back to normal. The festival is just a fun family tradition event that people look forward to every year, and I think everyone will be happy to have it back.
The festival is hosted by Positive Change Lisbon, a non-profit organization of business owners, citizens and government officials who work together to improve the city.
The event will take place on October 30 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. behind the MTM Recreation Center at 18 School Street in Lisbon Falls. There is no alternative rain date this year.
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