Let the Pumpkins Fall Where They May at Pumpkinfest!

Pumpkinfest.jpg

There’s still time for some Columbus Day fun at Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta! As the proud winner of last year’s Best Fall Festival in Maine award from Travel and Leisure magazine, the event strives to educate the public about the agricultural science involved in growing giant pumpkins. It’s also a chance for local non-profit organizations to spread the word about their activities and fundraising opportunities.

The festival ends today, but you have plenty of time to get yourself to Damariscotta, Maine and enjoy all things pumpkin.

Today’s events include the Pumpkin Regatta, which you have to see to believe. Held in beautiful Damariscotta harbor, racers equip their 600-pound-plus giant pumpkins with an outboard motor or craft them into paddle boats. May the best pumpkin win!

If you harbor any latent hostility toward this innocent squash, you’ll get a vicarious thrill out of watching the Pumpkin Catapult hurl pumpkins high in the air and seeing them land with a satisfying splat in the middle of a lovely field. Afterward, hop a convenient shuttle downtown, take a leisurely stroll, and take in all the creatively decorated pumpkins adorning the sidewalks.

Since I’ll find the food wherever I am, I’ve got to mention the variety of tempting offerings in downtown Damariscotta and nearby Newcastle. Since I was already at Round Top Farm yesterday for the catapult and giant pumpkin drop, stopping at the Round Top Ice Cream Stand for their pumpkin ice cream was only natural. And delicious. Imagine the best pumpkin pie you’ve ever had, in the form of dense, creamy ice cream. That’s what I’m talking about!

Whatever you prefer to do, you’ll find something at Pumpkinfest to make everyone’s long weekend fun!

Gina CrisciComment