Get Ready for Fall Fun!

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The first hints of autumn are in the air, and it’s the perfect time to plan your fall fun in New England. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta (Damariscotta, ME, Columbus Day weekend)
This charming town in Midcoast Maine loves all things pumpkin! You’ll have a ball checking out the Pumpkin Regatta, Giant Pumpkin Drop, official Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off, giant pumpkin carving, and so much more. Pumpkinfest’s mission is to educate the public about the agricultural science involved in growing giant pumpkins. It also provides local non-profit organizations with an opportunity to share information about their activities.

Fryeburg Fair (Fryeburg, ME, Sep. 30-Oct. 7)
Since 1851, Fryeburg has been hosting what is now considered to be one of the top agricultural fairs in the United States. Livestock exhibitions abound, and there are also concerts, arts and crafts exhibitions, and a host of other activities to enjoy here. Being the die-hard foodie that I am, I make a beeline for the specialty foods pavilion, where you can sample creative food products made with local ingredients to your heart’s content. If that’s not enough, just wander around the fairgrounds and check out the fresh, warm apple cider doughnuts, deep-fried mac and cheese balls, or tender, sweet, tangy barbecued beef.

Martha’s Vineyard Food and Wine Festival (Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Oct. 17-21)
This festival honors the traditional farming and fishing of the area. You’ll have a chance to enjoy creative, exciting meals prepared by local and guest chefs from around the world. Of course, divine food like this will be paired with the finest wines vintners have to offer. Truly a one-of-a-kind island experience!

Harvest on the Harbor (Portland, ME, Oct. 18-21)
Maine’s ultimate celebration of food and wine offers something for everyone. The most coveted title at the event has to be that of Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, and this year’s competition, as always, will be fierce! You can also browse the Market on the Harbor for added excitement. But hurry, because tickets for these and other events are selling out fast!

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth, MA)
Since 1947, this living history museum has been authentically reproducing the Pilgrim’s Plymouth Colony settlement to make the past come alive for visitors. Experience the Wampanoag Homesite and learn about their history and culture. Wander through a 17th century English village and discover what colonial life in Plymouth was like. The highlight of the fall season is their festive Thanksgiving dining events. They’re an extremely popular and unique holiday celebration.

Fall is a magical time in New England, so don’t miss a minute of it. Get out and experience everything the season has to offer!


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