While perusing the Bangor Daily News on Thursday, September 6, I came across an article by Brian Swartz, concerning the Anah Shriner's Field Days taking place September 13-15, 2012.

It's a massive celebration that draws a few thousand Shriners from six New England States and Canada. Impressive, huh? BTW, Bangor Shriners haven't hosted the event in 15 years. You might say they're excited.

The Shriners, as you probably already know, have the biggest hearts of humankind. They are constantly involved in many aspects of the communities in which they reside. Many times we don't even know it. But they're always hard at work. They are also known for fundraising for Shriner's Hospitals for Children--18 of those hospitals are dedicated for orthopaedic care, while three are dedicated to treating the little ones suffering from burns, and one of the hospitals cares for kids with orthopaedic, burns, and spinal cord injuries. Most all of us are familiar with one of their big fundraisers: the Anah Shrine Circus--it rolls into town every spring. I love it!

And while the Shriners assemble for business reasons for Field Days, they also gather to have a lot of fun too--and guess what? We're invited to some of the festivities!

Check it out!:

Friday, September 14

Clown-A-Rama: This will take place at Bangor Mall Center Court from 10A-3P. It consists of a balloon competition, makeup and costume competition, and skit competition. Free to the public.

Shrine Marketplace: You'll find it at the Elks Lodge on the Odlin Road in Bangor from 9A-5P, and again on Sept. 15, from 9A-12Noon. Free to the public.

Anah Highlanders Pipes and Drums: 7PM, Peakes Auditorium, 885 Broadway, Bangor. $15 per adult, $5 per child under 12.

Saturday, September 15

Shrine Motor Unit Competition: 6A-12N, Freedom Industrial Park, Hermon. Free to the public.

Anah Highlanders sponsor a competition and concert at 12 Noon, Pickering Square, Downtown Bangor.

Northeast Shrine Field Days Parade starts at 2:00P in Bangor on Exchange St., to State St.,  turns onto Main St., then onto Buck St., and ends at Bass Park.