“We have always had strong support from the Skowhegan-Madison Elks, Gifford’s Ice Cream and Northeast Coffee but adding Cayford’s Cider, local lettuce and local wheat is helping broaden our local sourcing,” said Park Director Jeff McCabe.The event has over 12 dozen restaurants and local food donors helping highlight local options and growing partnerships. Stephen and Jennifer Dionne, Greg and Paula Dore have really expanded on the food in recent years, preparing sauce and making meatballs leading up to the event, according to McCabe. “Area businesses provide most of the needed supplies and volunteers under the direction of the Elks make it happen,” he added.
The Saturday night event starts with a spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m. followed by a silent auction. Cost is $5 per person or $20 per family for the dinner, and admission is free to the auction at 7 p.m.
This year's auction will feature New England Patriots tickets, gift certificates, local art, gift items, baskets, local food, sporting items, outdoor gear, firewood and many other items that make this event great. “The park's 20 years of growth and success is due to community, volunteer and local business support. We thank everyone for the ongoing support,” added McCabe.