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Yarmouth Clam Festival

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A Maine summertime tradition since 1965 has returned this summer. The Yarmouth Clam Festival has returned after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. This year marks the 55th year of the festival, which will take place from Friday, July 15th, until Sunday, July 17th. The Yarmouth Clam Festival is held in the small Maine town of Yarmouth, which has a population of 5,681 people. Yarmouth is a twenty-minute drive from Portland, Maine. The festival is an annual summertime tradition that was started to promote the community and provide fundraising opportunities for local non-profits. This event is very family-friendly and has plenty of fun-filled activities for all. The festival has a parade every year on the first night of the festival. The parade is an hour long and travels for a mile and a half with floats, marching bands, antique cars, and entertainers that travel to Yarmouth from all over New England and Maine to participate in the parade. The parade has a theme every year and this year the theme is "Maine! The Way Life Should Be." This is the Maine state slogan, and if you live in Maine or have ever visited the state, then you understand why Maine has the title.

The Yarmouth Clam Festival has many fun events planned every year, and one of them is the Maine State Clam Shucking Contest. In this contest, prizes are awarded to the fastest clam shuckers in both professional and amateur categories, along with a celebrity competition between local Maine television and radio personalities. The record holder for the clam shucking contest shucked twenty-five clams per minute! Another interesting event to watch is the Firefighters' Muster Competition, which features firefighting teams competing in events like the old-fashioned hose pull contest and the bucket brigade.

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The Yarmouth Clam Festival is free to enter. There is a kid's area located on the Merrill Memorial Library lawn, offering family fun activities like face painting, games, art classes, science shows, magic shows, and more. There will also be plenty of music for everyone, with over forty musical acts and entertainers that will perform during the festival. One of the biggest carnivals in the state will be the Yarmouth Clam Festival, with rides, games, and carnival food. The festival will also offer a sensory break tent daily in the Memorial Library Garden. The opening ceremonies for the festival will start on Friday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. on the Memorial Green Stage with the parade on Main Street from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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