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Why Are 1,000 Watermelons Coming to L.L. Bean?


If you love watermelon, you won’t want to miss this first of it’s kind event!

The first-ever Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival is coming to L.L. Bean with 1,000 watermelons on Saturday, August 12 from 11am-4pm. Presented by Whole Foods Market, attendees will experience a full schedule of family fun and watermelon-themed activities throughout the day including watermelon salsa making, a watermelon eating contest, greased watermelon relays, children’s painting activities and much more. Local bands will perform live music including Blindsided Breakaway, Fighting Fiction and OC and the Offbeats.

Organizers hope to raise $30,000 for Camp Sunshine, an award winning, free-of-charge retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families on the shores of Sebago Lake in Casco, Maine. At Camp, attendees join other families on similar journeys and experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, recovery and recreation, and hope and inspiration.

Funds raised at the event are used explicitly for local families to attend Camp Sunshine. To support the festival and the mission, visit:

What:             Camp Sunshine Watermelon Festival

When:            Saturday, August 12, 2017

11:00am    Music, Food, Family and Kids Activities – Lots of Watermelon!
12:00pm    Kids Painting in the Park (all day)
Family Lawn Games Open (all day)
Pop-up puppet shows (12-2pm)
1:00pm      Greased Watermelon Relay
2:00pm      Key Bank Watermelon Eating Contest
2:30pm      Juggler Steve Corning
4:00pm      Festival Concludes

Music Schedule:

11:00am     DJ Nate Hicks – Hicks Productions
12:30pm     Blindsided Breakaway
1:45pm       Fighting Fiction
3:30pm        OC and the Offbeats

Who:               Camp Sunshine, L.L. Bean

Where:            L.L. Bean Flagship Campus
95 Main Street
Freeport, ME

Contact:         Kayley Walker, (207) 598-6886

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