LIMESTONE, Maine — Limestone is celebrating the end of October with a Harvest Festival, and organizers have made certain to include something for everyone. There’s even an Apple Pie Baking Contest with the all-American dessert slated for sharing with those in attendance after the judging.
The Apple Pie Baking Contest takes place 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Limestone-Caswell Historic Society Museum.
Prospective pie eaters can work up an appetite dancing the evening away on Oct. 22 at the Limestone Country Club. Music for the dance, which is sponsored by the Greater Limestone Chamber of Commerce, will be performed by Turning Point. The band was originally scheduled for the street dance during the town’s Fourth of July celebration, which was rained out. Tickets will be $5 for the 7 to 11 p.m. concert, with proceeds going to support the town’s 2012 Fourth of July festivities.
The concert is the first of two events being held at the country club during the festival. A Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament with a $50 buy-in will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. The tournament also is sponsored by the chamber.
With celebration of the harvest comes an increasing emphasis on the harrowing holiday that comes in late October, and staff at the Limestone library are helping set the mood with a Spooky Story Hour beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.
A Family Harvest Dance is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Limestone Fire Station. Tickets are $3 per person or two tickets for $5.
Saturday, Oct. 29, is looking to be a particularly spooky Harvest Festival morning, with a Witches Tea for girls 5-10 years old scheduled 10-11:30 a.m. at the Limestone Recreation Center and a Monster Bash for boys 5-10 years old, noon to 1:30 p.m., also at the center. Admission for both events is $1.
Saturday night will feature a Harvest Carnival with games and prizes for participants of all ages from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Gymnasium.
The culmination of a monthlong celebration, Halloween activities conclude with Trunk or Treating and a Haunted House coordinated by students and faculty of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. Students and faculty have been creatively preparing a terrifying conversion of the MSSM dorms into a bone-chilling Haunted House for those that dare enter. The Haunted House starts at 6:15 p.m, with Trunk or Treating held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Trunk or Treating is Limestone Recreation Director Amanda Brooker’s favorite Harvest Festival event, as last year’s costumed celebration was a scary success. Last year there were 15 businesses and community members signed up to furnish the treat aspect of Trunk or Treat, and Brooker is hoping for the same number this year.
Brooker also mentioned that the appeal of Trunk or Treat is an increased level of safety for youths enjoying the holiday.
“It’s a nice, well-lit area filled with fun people from the community and candy that’s all been checked before being handed out,” she said.
Preregistration is a necessity for businesses, community members and nonprofit groups to participate in Trunk or Treat. There’s a $5 per-vehicle entry and applications must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 28.
For additional information regarding events offered during the Harvest Festival, visit the Limestone Recreation Department’s Facebook page.