Winterport, Searsport offer autumn activities

A dragster awaits the start of October competition at the Winterport Dragway, which has scheduled its Fall Car Show, Drag Race and Swap Meet for Saturday, Oct. 13.
Michael York
A dragster awaits the start of October competition at the Winterport Dragway, which has scheduled its Fall Car Show, Drag Race and Swap Meet for Saturday, Oct. 13.
Posted Oct. 04, 2012, at 12:58 p.m.
A competitor burns rubber at the starting line during October competition at the Winterport Dragway.
Michael York
A competitor burns rubber at the starting line during October competition at the Winterport Dragway.
A painter sketches a local scene during the Fling into Fall Celebration in Searsport.
Michael York
A painter sketches a local scene during the Fling into Fall Celebration in Searsport.
A scarecrow “watches” traffic on Main Street in Searsport during that town’s annual Fling into Fall Celebration.
Michael York
A scarecrow “watches” traffic on Main Street in Searsport during that town’s annual Fling into Fall Celebration.

Celebrate fall this month at the Winterport Dragway and in Searsport, where the 14th Annual Fling into Fall Celebration takes place Oct. 5-6.

The Winterport Dragway offers racing throughout October, weather permitting. The annual Fall Car Show, Drag Race and Swap Meet will take place Saturday, Oct. 13, with a rain date of Oct. 20. Free camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights, and the gates will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The Gassah Guys Nostalgia Reunion race will begin at 9 a.m., and the Darling’s Ford Gamblers Points Series Race will begin between 12 noon and 1 p.m. According to Donald Joy, track president, the car show will feature various vehicles and some 16 car classes.

Racer Appreciation Day will take place Oct. 21, also the last day of racing, and drivers do not have to pay a fee to race, Joy said. The gates will open at 7 a.m; the races will begin at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 223-3998 (race days only) or visit www.winterportdragway.com.

In Searsport on Friday, Oct. 5, entries for the scarecrow and Jack-o-lantern contests will be coming together on the lawn of the Penobscot Marine Museum at 10 a.m. From 4:30-6 p.m. a turkey supper will take place at the Searsport Methodist Church, and at 5 p.m., the Lighting of Luminaries and Jack-o-Lanterns will take place at the museum and along Church Street.

Face painting, children’s activities, and a candy hunt will be offered at the Searsport Public Safety Building starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. bonfire and food concessions and live entertainment by local performers.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, a public breakfast will be held from 7-9 a.m. at the Masonic Hall. There will be a craft show at the Searsport Public Safety Building from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; there is no admission fee. Fees collected from vendors go back into the event budget, according to organizer Logan Clark.

There will be a parade at 11 a.m. on Main Street, followed by the Antique and Classic Car Show in Mosman Park until 3 p.m. The show is free for car drivers to join; each driver will receive a free T-shirt, food, and beverages as a “thank you” for driving all over the state and beyond each year to show off their vehicles, said organizer Joe Plummer. Four trophies will be awarded, and each driver will be entered into a free drawing for prizes donated by local businesses.

From 12 noon-3 p.m., there will be free hayrides from the Bangor Savings Bank parking lot and a Cowboy Action Shootout Demonstration at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

The museum is also offering a one-hour, narrated Searsport Historical Ghost Tour, with busses leaving from the Fowler True Ross House hourly from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per adult, $5 per child, with group rates available, and covers admission to the museum. Call 548-2529 to order tickets.

Judged and People’s Choice awards for scarecrows and Jack-o-lanterns will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Each year, Joe Plummer donates one week at his vacation home in Florida, which everyone attending the celebration may sign up to win at no cost. That prize is also awarded during the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.

At 5:30 p.m. there will be an Italian Supper at the Searsport Congregational Church.

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