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Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta
Damariscotta, Maine, USA
Early October
This 10-day event celebrates pumpkins through pumpkin hunts, hurls, catapults, dessert making and pie eating contests, childrens games, and more. One of the overarching attractions of Pumpkinfest are the 25+ giant pumpkins that are decorated by area artist and displayed throughout the town. Other highlights include the Pumpkin Derby, where participants build a racer from a small pumpkin and race it down a hill and the pumpkin drop, in which large (600-700 pounds) are hoisted up over 100 fete and then dropped on cars to the delight of all. Pumpkinfest culminates with the Regatta, boat races in which large (800 lb. and up) pumpkins are turned into boats, decorated, and raced on the Damariscotta River. The two divisions, paddle and power, compete in a number of races.
Local theatre groups, buskers and street performers, musicians, etc.
Mostly outside, downtown Damariscotta
Most activities are in the day, with music and movies during evening and night-time hours
Admission & Parking
No admission, free parking

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