North Nobleboro Day will be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the North Nobleboro Community Hall on Upper East Pond Road. An annual event in the Midcoast area, North Nobleboro Day has attracted visitors and locals for 45 years, with food, fun, and music.
The day will start at 9 a.m. with a treasure hunt — a trash-and-treasure hunt. People spend weeks sorting, pricing, and organizing boxes of donations to fill the community hall for attendees’ treasure-hunting pleasure. There is always a great deal to be found. One can peruse the craft booth and place a few bids at the silent auction while enjoying a cup of coffee and a homemade doughnut.
When the morning munchies hit, one can go to the food booths, where there will be cookies and other baked goods. For the adventurous morning eater, one can treat oneself to a pound of homemade fudge before it sells out!
The soundtrack to the day will begin at 10 a.m. with a fantastic performance by Debbie Myers and her band, Redneck Rodeo. Myers has entertained audiences in North Nobleboro and along the East Coast and Canada with her wonderful blend of country music covers and original compositions. She was the top honors recipient at the 2006 and 2007 Maine Academy of Country Music Awards for Best Female Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year. In years past, she has delighted audiences with tributes to Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, and Reba McEntire.
As the sugar rush from a morning snack dies down and real hunger strikes, one can follow one’s nose to the chicken barbecue line, where North Nobleboro’s chicken pit crew will be roasting tender, juicy chicken halves doused in a secret marinade. Dinners are served with coleslaw, chips, a dinner roll and a drink. Or instead, have a few hot dogs slathered in fried onions, fresh-cut french fries, and a few buttery ears of corn picked that morning.
Dinner would not be complete without a slice or two (or three) of pie made by North Nobleboro pie makers. Selections always include the classics like apple, blueberry, chocolate cream, pumpkin, and strawberry, but local favorites are bound to appear. Try a slice of lemon sponge or rhubarb custard and find a new favorite!
At 1 p.m., head over to the big tent for the giant miscellaneous auction where items donated by individuals and local businesses will be up for bid. There’s always something for everyone. Anyone wishing to donate items can contact Hilary Petersen at 832-7489. No large appliances, please. In the afternoon, the silent auction winners will also be announced. And don’t forget to take a few chicken dinners to go before they run out!
Every year, the close-knit members of North Nobleboro have worked together to create a day-long celebration of community. The North Nobleboro Community Association, now in its 82nd year, is proud to use proceeds from this day for donations to various organizations, including local fire departments, and for financial assistance to qualified students. Money raised is also used for upkeep of local cemeteries, the community hall, and the basketball courts.
North Nobleboro Day will take place rain or shine at the community grounds at the intersection of East Pond Road and Upper East Pond Road, approximately three miles from Route 1 in Nobleboro or three miles from Route 32 in Jefferson. Parking is free and admission is free. For directions and other information, go to facebook.com/northnobleborocommunityassociation.