MACHIAS, Maine — The October 12 Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s first annual Harvest Fair and Wine Tasting Festival will feature pumpkin chucking into the Bay, artists and crafters, music, and a wine tasting event in the town’s landmark train depot, Station 1898.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. behind Helen’s Restaurant when area teams, including high school and university teams, will be lobbing pumpkins at a target in the bay. Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho will the honored guest and the first to shout “Ready. Aim. Fire!” Teams are coming from the University of Maine at Machias, Machias Memorial High School, Washington Academy, and others. Call 255.4402 for details.
Also beginning at 10 a.m., two dozen farmers, crafters and artists will be set up in the grassy area around Station 1898. Inside the historic, landmark railroad station, a wine tasting festival featuring more than 40 wines will be held. Represented will be Catherine Hill Winery, Cellar Door Winery, Bartlett’s Winery, Wicked Wines and Easterly Wine. There will also be information regarding how to “get on board” the new fundraising campaign for the station.
On the Middle River, Rob Scribner of Sunrise Canoe and Kayaks will also have boats available for self-guided paddles. Local businesses will be entering into a scarecrow contest and a jack-o-lantern contest for children will be held at the train station at 4 p.m.
Throughout the afternoon, a shuttle bus will be bringing visitors back and forth to the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott for the annual Rice Music Festival. CCLC will also be hosting a wide variety of artisans, craftsmen and musical performances.