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Punkinfiddle = Funky Puddle!

Posted by | October 2, 2017 | Filed under: Observations

Well, we can't say it was the warmest, driest, or sunniest Punkinfiddle in our 15-year history of holding this fall family festival and National Estuaries Day celebration. But the nearly 800 attendees and 100 volunteers, staff, exhibitors and musicians didn't let the cold morning rain squelch their fun.

Thanks to the support of our sponsors at Camden National Bank and Sevigney-Lyons Insurance, we pulled off this rain-or-shine event, as we always do.

Kids of all ages found plenty to play with inside the Education Tent... and in the mud outside too.


Sack races and tug-of-war are only more challenging on wet grass, we say.

Duffy's Tavern & Grill served up burgers, dogs, and steaming bowls of New England clam chowder - just right for 52 degrees and drizzling - while storytellers and musicians played to intimate crowds on the usually-solar-powered Coastal Ecology Center stage.


Memories, and a 1,000-pound-pumpkin Kong, were made. Pumpkin carver Moe Auger, along with the team from Roger Auger & Associates, Ameriprise Advisors, would never let a little rain stop them.


The sun finally broke through around 3:30pm, just in time for the pulling of the annual kayak raffle, made possible with a generous donation from Kittery Trading Post.

From all the smiles and thanks we saw and heard, Punkinfiddle was still a success and a cheerful way to spend a fall day in New England. We'll see you at next year's Punkinfiddle, "always the last Saturday in September!"

Thanks to the York County Coast Star and Maine Magazine for covering the event too.

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