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 at least 11 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 Academy, Danny Manchester, Glenn Davis, Chris Loughlin and Faye Mack and friends. Call 255.4402 for details.
Also beginning at 10 a.m., 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 a dozen different wine suppliers 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. Local businesses will be entering into a scarecrow contest and children will be given free pumpkins for a jack-o-lantern contest.
All proceeds from the event will help bring electricity to the depot. Any vendors, crafters, musicians or artists interested in participating should call the Chamber office at 255.4402.