MACHIAS, Maine – Children up to age 16 are invited to join the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jack O’Lantern contest, part of the first annual Harvest Fair and Wine Tasting Festival. The Chamber is also seeking local businesses to participate in a scarecrow contest.
The Festival will be held from 10-4, Saturday Oct. 12, at Station 1898 and the surrounding area. It will feature pumpkin chucking into the Bay, artists and crafters, music, and a wine tasting event in the town’s landmark train depot and future Chamber home, Station 1898.
The fun begins at 10 a.m. behind Helen’s Restaurant when at least 12 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!” Confirmed chuckers by mid-August were the University of Maine at Machias, Machias Memorial High School, Washington County Community College, Washington Academy, Danny Manchester, Glenn Davis, Chris Loughlin and Faye Mack and friends. Call 255.4402 for details.
Also beginning at 10 a.m., 20 farmers, crafters and artists will be set up in the grassy area around Station 1898. A wide variety of artisans have already signed up but space will be limited. Each space is $20 and farmers are free. Inside the historic, landmark railroad station, a wine tasting festival featuring at least thirty different wines will be held. 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. The jack o’lantern contest will be judged at 4 p.m.
The Chamber is joining with Cobscook Community Learning Center, which is holding its annual Rice Fest that same day from noon on. Rice Fest features artisans and many music performances on the center’s Trescott campus throughout the afternoon. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation between the two events. “It will be a wonderful day of entertainment. You can spend the morning at the Harvest Fair and Wine Tasting Festival and then spend the afternoon at CCLC enjoying arts, crafts and a wonderful array of music,” Chamber Executive Director Sharon Mack said this week.
All proceeds from the Chamber’s fair will help bring electricity to Station 1898 depot. Any business wishing to enter the scarecrow contest should call the Chamber. There is a $10 entry fee. Any vendors, crafters, musicians or artists interested in participating should call the Chamber office at 255.4402.