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Midcoast plays host to family-friendly fall activities

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The busy days of October continue to scroll by in a haze of cider, music, outdoor fun and a blaze of autumn color. Another week, another column and another selection of eclectic and exciting events for you to consider in the Camden Hills.

Saturday, Oct. 9, is the day for the first ever outdoor Harvest Hootenanny at the Camden Snow Bowl. Billed as a “community shindig,” it will be filled with live music, food and activities for the entire family. Things will get going at 11 a.m. and wrap up around 6 p.m.

There’s quite the entertainment lineup: Maine humorist Rosey Gerry will emcee the event, and will play with his band, The Breezemere Bottom Boys; Lisa Redfern is an award-winning singer-songwriter who recently moved back to Maine from San Francisco; Wyatt McLean is a young singer-songwriter born and raised in Camden. His musical influences range from Flatt and Scruggs to Sinatra; The Mallett Brothers Band, led by the sons of folk singer-songwriter Dave Mallett, is a brand new alt-country outfit; Roosevelt Dime, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band known for its blend of acoustic jug-band blues, classic Motown soul and modern alt-country rock and Gypsy Tailwind, a soulful Americana act out of Portland.

In addition to the great music lineup, there will be food vendors, activities for everyone, pumpkin carving and pie baking competitions, and the first annual CTC Olympics, featuring local firefighters, police officers and town administrators.

The event is a joint fundraiser for the Five Towns Communities That Care and the West Bay Rotary Club. Tickets are $9, free to children under 12, and are available at in Camden at HAVII, in Rockport at Northern Kingdom Music or the Five Town CTC offices, in Rockland at The Reading Corner or Rock City Books and Coffee and in Belfast at The Green Store and Bell the Cat. Call 236-9800 or visit www.fivetownctc.org for information.

The next day, Sunday, Oct. 10, will see the seventh annual Ragged Mountain Festival, also at the Camden Snow Bowl, hosted by the Camden Parks and Recreation department from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The day will be filled with many activities for people of all ages, including a pancake breakfast, chairlift rides, a pumpkin hunt, Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, a treasure hunt, fairy house building, an off-road duathlon, live entertainers The Cause, a barbecue, a K-9 costume contest, K-9 and kiddo obstacle races, jack o’ apple head carving with Hope Orchard apples, a downhill mountain bike race, a somersault race and a pump track rally. For information, visit www.camdensnowbowl.com.

In addition to the Ragged Mountain Festival, the Snow Bowl is running its chairlifts for foliage viewing, hikers and mountain bikers regularly throughout the fall.

As we all know, fall is one of the best times of the year to get out and about in midcoast Maine (not least in an area selected by Yankee as one of the top 25 spots in New England — and therefore the world — to experience nature’s annual fall foliage show). Crisp days and cool evenings encourage fun activities, so I hope to see you at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area at the Snow Bowl and beyond.

Dan Bookham is the executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce. Call 236-4404, e-mail dbookham@camdenme.org, or visit www.visitcamden.com for more information.