MILBRIDGE — Caesar the Camel is back! Or, he will be on July 27.
Caesar is a bit of a celebrity at the petting zoo that will once again be a part of Milbridge Days.
That’s good news for a lot of people who enjoyed meeting him when he visited for the first time last year.
“Caesar is quite possibly the world’s friendliest camel, and he’s quite a ham when it comes to posing with folks for selfies,” says a Milbridge Days Facebook post.
Richard Bondurant, one of several Milbridge Days volunteer organizers, said the petting zoo is one of the most popular attractions at the annual community festival.
“It’s a big deal,” Bondurant said. “It’s been extra popular.”
Miniature goats, alpacas, a miniature horse, and a miniature donkey will join Ceasar in downtown Milbridge 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Milbridge Days opens at noon Thursday, July 25, with tabletop games at the Milbridge Public Library followed by a cribbage tournament at 6 p.m.
“It’s one of the strongest community events in the area,” said Bondurant.
On Friday, a silent auction to benefit the Women’s Health Resources Library takes place 1-6 p.m. at the Seaworthy Event Center and the Allison Ames Band will perform at 7 p.m. at the Milbridge Theatre’s Outdoor Stage.
The biggest and busiest day of the event, of course, is Saturday with the 11 a.m. parade being among the most well-attended activities.
“Last year we had over 2,000 people along the parade route. That’s pretty good for a village of 1,200,” Bondurant said. Volunteers walk along the parade route handing out candy and small toys. Those marching or riding in the parade also toss candy as they move along the parade route.
“We try very hard to make [Milbridge Days] a kid-friendly event,” Bondurant said. Other kids’ activities include face painting, superhero mask building, a blueberry pie eating contest and a codfish relay.
Throughout the day Saturday, people of all ages can shop from area vendors and check out information booths, bid during the second day of the Women’s Health Resources Library auction and take a tour of the Incredible Edible gardens that are located throughout town. A blueberry pie sale and book sale are also scheduled.
Early risers can take advantage of a blueberry pancake breakfast 6:30-10 a.m. at the Pleiades Lodge followed by the Milbridge 5K and Fun Run at 8 a.m. Whiskey Bent will perform a concert at 11:45 a.m. and the Milbridge Fire Department Lobster Cookout is set for noon.
For more information, visit the festival’s Facebook page.