Maine’s Route 1 wouldn’t be the same without the many lobster shacks, pickup trucks and roadside tents brimming with buckets of blueberries and homemade pies. Maine is synonymous with those red crustaceans and sweet berries, and several festivals and events throughout the state highlight and celebrate these Vacationland staples during the summer season. Just tie on your lobster bib and prepare for blue teeth.
Machias Blueberry Festival
The annual Blueberry Festival is Aug. 16-20, at Centre Street Church in Machias, and features a blueberry pie-eating contest, cooking contest and road race. More than 250 vendors offer Maine-made items at the festival. For information, call 255-6665, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.machiasblueberry.com.
Wilton Blueberry Festival
The 29th Wilton Blueberry Festival is Aug. 5 and 6, at various locations around Wilton, from the Wilton Blueberry Farm to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. For information and a schedule of events, visit www.wiltonbbf.com.
Winslow Blueberry Festival
The Winslow Congregational Church’s 40th annual Blueberry Festival is Aug. 13, at the church. The festivities include a blueberry pancake breakfast 7-10 a.m., homemade blueberry pies, a silent auction, a large yard sale and a hot dog stand. For information, call 872-2544 or visit www.winslowucc.org.
Rangeley Blueberry Festival
The Rangeley Blueberry Festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 18, at the Rangeley Inn. The festival features all blueberry jams, muffins and pies, along with gifts, crafts and entertainment for children. For information, visit www.rangeleymaine.com.
Maine Blueberry Festival and Union Fair
The Maine Blueberry Festival & Union Fair is Aug. 20-27, at the Union Fairground, and celebrates all aspects of agriculture, including wild blueberries. The fair features harness racing, pig scramble, wild blueberry pie baking and eating contests, horse, oxen, and tractor pulls, fireworks, sheep shearing contest, 4-H exhibits, carnival, entertainment and the crowning of the State of Maine Wild Blueberry Queen. There is information on Maine’s official state berry, videos on cultivating and harvesting methods, recipes and cooking hints. Friday is Wild Blueberry Festival Day and thousands of individual wild blueberry pies will be cooked and served free to all fair patrons. For information, call 785-3281 or visit the fair website, www.unionfair.org.
Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland
The Maine Lobster Festival is Aug. 3-7, at Rockland’s Harbor Park and includes 20,000 pounds of lobster, the coronation of the Sea Goddess, a parade, entertainment, an international crate race, fine art, crafts, vendors, US Navy ship tours, cooking contests, a road race, a marine tent and more. For information, visit www.mainelobsterfestival.com or call 596-0376.
The Winter Harbor Lobster Festival
The 47th annual Winter Harbor Lobster Festival is Aug. 13, at various locations around Winter Harbor and includes a morning road race, a craft fair with more than 80 crafters, lobster boat races in Henry Cove, a lobster dinner with live entertainment and a parade through town. For information, visit www.acadia-schoodic.org/lobsterfestival.html.
Frenchboro Lobster Festival
The 50th annual Frenchboro Lobster Festival will be Aug. 13, at the small island village, set on the banks of Lunt Harbor. It is one of the longest running summer events in Maine. The festival features a boat ride through Blue Hill Bay, a performance by local country rock band Boots Murphy and the Heels, a library book sale, a “Recycled Treasures Table” and a Tie-Dye booth to benefit Frenchboro Fire Department. The festival dinner includes lobster and homemade pies. The Maine State Ferry will make a special Frenchboro Lobster Festival run, leaving Bass Harbor at 9 a.m. and leaving Frenchboro for the return trip at 3:30 p.m. For information, call 334-2974 or visit www.frenchboroonline.com.