BY HEATHER STEEVES
FOR THE MIDCOAST BEACON
CAMDEN — The Camden Snow Bowl is throwing a huge party and you are invited.
Actually, strike that: Two parties. You’re invited to both.
The first annual Harvest Hootenanny will take over the mountain-surrounded bowl 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. The hootenanny will host several bands to bring bluegrass, folk, children’s and rock music to Ragged Mountain.
The next day, Sunday, Oct. 10, Camden Parks and Recreation will host the annual Ragged Mountain Festival, with lots of events geared toward children.
Perhaps the coolest event at the Sunday event will be Jack O’Apple head carving. The idea is for children — and maybe a few adults — to carve apples into faces, not a far cry from pumpkin carving. Except that unlike pumpkins, in a few days the defaced apples shrivel.
“It turns into a really cool shrunken head,” said Jeff Kuller, the director of Camden Parks and Recreation.
That is one of a few new events, including a somersault race and a few events for kid-dog teams.
One canine spectacular will be a kid-dog obstacle course, where the team must jump, crawl and run through an obstacle course. The other is a costume event where dogs can show off their Halloween outfits.
These events will merge with traditional Ragged Mountain Festival events, such as fairy house building and a pumpkin hunt, where people search for 150 tiny pumpkins hidden on the hillside.
For adults, Kuller said the chairlift will be open right in the peak of leaf-peeping season.
On Saturday, Five Town Communities That Care and the West Bay Rotary Club will host a music-central joint fundraiser.
Lincolnville native and humorist Rosey Gerry will emcee the event. “He is a bit of a legend,” said Peter Russell, a Five Town Communities That Care member.
Music by six local bands will be playing throughout the entire day. In addition, there will be fun — and silly — events, including a pumpkin-chucking contest.
People are encouraged to bring their carved jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkin pies for judging in a contest Saturday.
The CTC Olympics will lure public officials to put on a show.
Local police will compete in a doughnut eating contest. Firemen will do drills.
Local government officials? “The selectboard members will tie themselves up in red tape,” Russell said.
The events have small fees to help raise money for local education programs.
For children, the event will have a balloon artist and a bounce house. All children get into the event free.
“It will be a really cool family day,” Russell said.
For more information visit camdensnowbowl.com.