Chester Greenwood Day - December 1, 2018
2018 theme is "Sights & Sounds of the Season"
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Chester Greenwood Day is our annual celebration of Farmington resident Chester Greenwood, the inventor of earmuffs. Greenwood was only fifteen when he designed the first pair of ear protectors out of wire, beaver fur, and cloth. At the age of nineteen, he acquired a U.S. patent. By age twenty-eight, the Chester Greenwood & Company factory was producing and shipping champion ear protectors worldwide. In 1936 the company had its biggest year producing 400,000 pairs.
The annual Chester Greenwood Day is hosted by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and takes place the first Saturday in December, bringing thousands to the area to watch and/or participate in the hour-long parade.
View the wonderful gingerbread houses that many have spent hours on in the Annual Gingerbread House Contest held at Bangor Savings Bank. Those who attend may also enjoy a tasty piece of cake in honor of Chester Greenwood.
As you stroll through the downtown area, you'll see folks of all sizes and ages having great fun while shopping, enjoying food from the wonderful eateries, or enjoying a scenic horse and buggy ride through the downtown area. You may even run into one of Chester's family as many make the trek to Farmington each year to participate in the parade and visit with relatives who still live locally. Local student musicians and carolers also line the streets and corners sharing beautiful songs and carols for passerby.