By Bill Van Tassel
FARMINGTON — Plenty of ear-muffed spectators and participants in the 42nd annual Chester P Greenwood Day events crowded Farmington’s Main Street for the parade Dec. 1, held in honor of the Farmington resident who invented ear muffs in 1873.
A crew of EMTS pulled a float with Mrs. Claus down the street, among dozens of floats, all with ear muff-clad riders. Some cars and trucks were adorned with gigantic ear muffs.
Even a dog or two begrudgingly wore the ear warmers.
The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce organized the parade. Other events, such as a Polar Dip in Clearwater Pond in Industry, were also on the day’s agenda.
Specials at downtown shops and eateries were on the menu, as well as a Gingerbread House contest, hosted by Bangor Savings Bank.
A Festival of Trees decorated by local businesses and non-profits were set up for auction in the Community Center. Historical tours of the Titcomb and Octagon houses were going on during the day, and churches and other organizations were holding White Elephant and food sales.
Santa Claus set up his greeting station inside Franklin Savings Bank.
TOP PHOTO: Farmington’s Smiling Goat Precision Jugglers tossing three while walking backwards down Main Street during Chester P. Greenwood Day parade Dec. 1. (Bill Van Tassel photo)