Chester Greenwood Day will be celebrated Dec. 7 in Farmington

FARMINGTON — Saturday, Dec. 4, marks the 43rd celebration of Chester Greenwood Day downtown Farmington.
The theme of the day that commemorates Greenwood, Farmington native and earmuff inventor,is “Favorite Story Book Scene.”
Besides the parade, there is also a gingerbread contest, craft fairs, historical open houses, polar bear dip and more.
Also returning this year is the Taste of Farmington event. Those participating may buy a $5 passport and visit the participating local eateries from noon to 3 p.m. to enjoy a sample of the food downtown Farmington has to offer. There are 14 participating eateries this year. Taste of Farmington are available at the Franklin County Chamber office and County Seat Realty before Dec. 7 or on Chester Greenwood Day at the Chamber’s Chester Greenwood Day information booth in the parking lot by the old court house.
The tree lighting will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, next to Franklin Savings Bank, 219 Main St. Santa, hot chocolate, popcorn and, tentatively, music will be featured.
Some of the highlights of Saturday’s schedule include:
9 a.m. to noon — Gingerbread House Contest at Bangor Savings Bank, Main Street. Free. Preregister by contacting the Chamber. Drop off from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Rotary’s Festival of Trees at Farmington Community Center. Local musical groups throughout the day. Taste of Farmington passport drop off location. Live auction begins at 6 p.m.
9 to 10 a.m. — The Smiling Goat Precision Jugglers at Twice Sold Tales giving instruction.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open house at the Titcomb House, corner of Academy and High streets, and Octagon House, corner of Perham and Broadway.
10 am. — Parade lineup at Mallet School, Quebec Street entrance. Free, Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
11 a.m. — Parade begins, no matter the weather. Flag-raising ceremony will take place at the court house after the parade.
Noon – 3 p.m. — Taste of Farmington.
12:30 to 3 p.m. — The Great Earmuff Bear Hunt. Starting at Farmington Underground, participants will receive a map/clue sheet. Kids 12 and under will make their way around town to different shops looking for teddy bears with ear muffs. When the hunt is completed, participants come back to Farmington Underground (where a hot chocolate bar will be set up) with their map/clue sheet and be entered into a raffle to win the big prize. $2 per child.
1 to 3 p.m. Open house at the Pierce House will have memorabilia pertaining to the Greenwoods on display. Old fashioned refreshments and cookie decorating.
3 p.m. — 32nd annual Polar Bear Dip at the breakwater on Clearwater Lake, Industry.
6 p.m. — Farmington Historical Society Pie Social & Concert,t North Church. Denny Breau Concert at 7 p.m. Reservations suggested.
For more information and full schedule, visit www.franklincountymaine.org.