The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team has been selected to perform in the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 11 in Washington, D.C. The team was chosen to participate in the festival parade through a competitive application process. Selection criteria included state, regional and national competitive achievements and recognitions, performance history, and an audition video. The twirlers themselves helped prepare the application.

The annual festival commemorates the 1912 gift to the city of Washington of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to enhance and celebrate growing friendship between the United States and Japan.

The festival, which runs through April 12th, will feature daily cultural performances, sporting events, arts and crafts, demonstrations and, other special events including the nationally televised National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on Saturday, April 11.

The Main-E-Acts Baton Twirling Team was created in 2004 and is the travel component of the Central Maine Twirling Corps, a baton twirling program offered by the Augusta Recreation Department and Bangor Parks and Recreation Department. Team members are selected each year by the director of the Central Maine Twirling Corps for their outstanding twirling abilities, as well as their teamwork, enthusiasm, commitment, dedication and passion for the sport of baton twirling.

The Main-E-Acts are the 2014 Northeast Regional Dance Twirl and Halftime Show Team Champions. They also placed in the prestigious Grand National Top 10 at the 2014 National Baton Twirling Association’s National Championships, and most recently were recognized as the 2015 (and first) recipients of the Linda A. Lanni Memorial Outstanding Team Sportsmanship Award, a regional award presented to a team that “helps build a strong twirling community by demonstrating attitudes and behaviors that promote teamwork, friendship, character, integrity, respect, courage, confidence, perseverance and hope toward one another.”

This will be the second time the Main-E-Acts team has participated in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. The team made the trip in 2009.

The Main-E-Acts range in age from 10 to 22. Team members are Mollie Berglund, West Gardiner; Paige Blackwell, Bangor; Amanda Cameron, West Gardiner; Alexandra Clowes, Brewer; Jenna Cross, Bangor; Taylor Hickey, Whitefield; Morgan Mayhew, South Paris; Megan McCormick, South Paris; Cassidy Fish, Hampden; Jessica Hymas, Brewer; Lindsay Pitts, Bucksport; Ingrid Plant, Hampden; Helen Rebar, Bangor; Makenzie Sayers, Brewer; Carley Scanlon, Bucksport; and Alanna Thomas, Hampden.

The Main-E-Acts are directed and coached by Andrea Fletcher of Portland and co-coached by Meagan Sawyer of Brewer.