Now 38 years old, Whatever is a two-week-long Free Family Fun Festival, from mid-June through July Fourth, featuring the Kids Day in Capitol Park festivities with some 60 to 80 free events and activities. Whatever started in 1978 with a crazy Kennebec River craft race from Augusta to Gardiner to celebrate the recovery of the river and the vibrant communities surrounding it. In the 1990’s we converted it to a “greener and cleaner” (and safer) celebration with emphasis on free activities and entertainment for kids. Many of the thousands and thousands of kids who attend Whatever’s Kids Day are kids who will never get to see Disney World. Whatever is a special gift to the community by the businesses and organizations of the chamber.
150 Events run from Wednesday, June 17th to Saturday, July 4th, 2015
The Great Kennebec River Whatever Family Festival and Kids Day in Capitol Park, now celebrating 38 consecutive years!
This past Saturday, Capitol Park in Augusta was full of the sounds of laughter music and happy children once again as the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted another fantastic Kids Day in Capitol Park.
Thanks to the support from EJP, Hannaford, Summit Natural Gas, Marketplace at Augusta and Central Maine Power, the park was filled with over 100 events, performers and free activities for the children of the Kennebec Valley region
While Union St was filled an incredible selection of “Touch a Truck” options, highlights in the park included performances from local dance groups, karate teams and medieval battles. Kids performers Wayne from Maine, Mike Michlon and Son and demonstrations from the Taiko Drummers and the State Police K-9 unit entertained at the children’s stage and the B98.5 “Bee a Country Star” competition thrilled audiences on the main stage. New this year, a variety of food trucks provided a great selection of ethnic food options including Greek, French Canadian and Philippine.
Thousands of families had a fantastic day and enjoyed the perfect weather and huge variety of children’s activities around the park during this great event. The Whatever Festival continues through this coming Saturday when Augusta hosts the Capital City Riverfront Fourth with a parade, tours of Old Fort Western and music and Fireworks at Mill Park.
Begun in 1978, the Whatever Family Festival commemorates the cleanup of the Kennebec River and celebrates the people and environment of the river communities. Thanks to the many businesses and organizations that support this unique series of festivities. Nearly all activities are free of charge, including several waterfront concerts and July 4th activities.
From the kickoff in Gardiner, to the fireworks at Waterfront Park in Augusta on July 4th, it will be fun for people of all ages!