Not many communities can claim to have been around for a quarter of a millennium, but Ellsworth can. We had to brush up on our Latin for the proper term for this anniversary: this milestone will be celebrated this summer with a weeklong Sestercentennial celebration commencing Saturday, July 20. For the past nine months, a group of business and community leaders has been meeting and planning to assure this 250th anniversary celebration is one that will make the citizens of Ellsworth and the State of Maine justly proud.

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Opening ceremonies were held under sunny skies on the steps in front of City Hall. Speakers included, from left: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), former city councilor and state legislator and current business owner Ruth Foster and City Council Chairman Gary Fortier.
Opening ceremonies were held under sunny skies on the steps in front of City Hall. Speakers included, from left: U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), former city councilor and state legislator and current business owner Ruth Foster and City Council Chairman Gary Fortier

ELLSWORTH — The city kicked off a weeklong celebration of its 250th birthday Saturday under sunny skies with speeches, songs and a salute to the citizens across the years who have made Ellsworth what it is today.

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Chug Proper was judged to have the best overall full-length beard.ELLSWORTH — Chug Proper grew the bushiest beard and Jenn Robidoux had the biggest tree. The “Brothers of the Brush” beard growing and “Biggest Tree” contests were among the major attractions of the Ellsworth 250 celebration’s final day Saturday, July 27.

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