“BELFAST — The streets of Belfast were flooded with music and revelers Monday night, as the seventh annual Belfast Street Party celebrated another successful event.
The event, which is hosted by Our Town Belfast, takes place the first Monday of every August, and draws hundreds of participants each year.
This year’s attractions included a bucking bronco ride, Bungee jump, bounce house, hamster ball course and climbing wall, to name a few. For those who worked up an appetite there were also plenty of options, from Whoopie pies and cotton candy, to fried dough and pizza by the slice. For adults who worked up a thirst, there was also a beer and wine area of the festivities.
This year’s expansion saw the event grow from its typical High Street location, to include part of Church Street. This section of the event, which remained open until 7 p.m., was specifically dedicated to children’s activities. For parents in the area, DJ Erik Klausmeyer provided a constant stream of classics.
Captain Obvious kicked off the evening’s live performances on High Street, followed by Mica Einhorn, 12, who sang the national anthem.
One especially memorable moment in the evening came when Mike Hurley called down from the rooftop of the Colonial Theatre, with the aid of a megaphone. Hurley informed a mostly attentive crowd it was time to gather for an attempt at “the biggest group photo ever,” between two downtown telephone poles.
Hurley, who has owned the theatre since 1995, gave the crowd tips on what areas had yet to be filled by the mass of swirling people. While the faces were too many to count, all were waiving when a handful of photographers took the massive group photo moments later.
D.J. Matt Bixby brought the evening to close, marking another successful street party, and perhaps, a new record.”
The Our Town Belfast Street Party (now in its seventh year) is looked forward to by families all over Waldo County and beyond as that wild and wonderful first Monday in August when High Street in Belfast experiences a pedestrian take-over complete with carnival rides, tons of food, and music all night. Admission remained free for anyone who wished to attend, with tickets sold for activities like the climbing wall, mechanical bull, bungee jump, and person-sized hamster ball course. An ever-growing event, the Belfast Street Party expanded from High Street up to Church Street (between Key Bank and the American Legion Hall). This new area, dedicated for kid-specific fun, included its own stage with all-night DJ Erik Klausmeyer spinning tunes and keeping the crowd going.
Down on the High Street Stage, in front of Belfast City Hall, returning favorites Captain Obvious and Don Nickerson and Country mist entertained at 5pm and 7pm respectively, with a break for a live performance of the national anthem in between. Mica Einhorn, whose family lives in Belfast and winters in Miami, sang the Star Spangled Banner at professional sporting events with the Miami Heat, Dolphins and Florida Marlins, and performed the anthem at this year’s Street Party!
The evening closed out on High Street with DJ Matt Bixby from 9-10:30pm. In addition to music and rides, there was great food from dozens of local vendors, family friendly activities, games, and giveaways by local businesses and nonprofits, and a beer garden for those of age hosted by Rollie’s Bar & Grill.
This year’s Street Party was sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage, Belfast Hannaford, Bluestreak, the City of Belfast, Front Street Shipyard, and Renys.
The Street Party is hosted by Our Town Belfast, the local Main Street program, which seeks to foster economic health and human happiness for all who live, work, and play in Belfast’s historic downtown.