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Pumpkinfest 2019

September 14, 2019


The 13th Annual DAMARISCOTTA PUMPKINFEST & REGATTA will soon be here.  My message today is an early call to our past and new volunteer artists to contact me now for painting and carving the giant pumpkins, and painting the hay bales for the 2019 PUMPKINFEST festival.   Many of our volunteer artists have already contacted me in recent weeks requesting to paint and decorate another pumpkin for this year’s festival. My sincere thanks to all of the early volunteers who have contacted me.


Listed below are some important calendar dates for our volunteer artists this year:

  • Friday evening, 27 September through Friday morning, 04 October 2019 –  The five (5) Hay Bales will be available 24/7 in Reilly’s garage for painting by our volunteer hay bale artists.
  • Friday, 04 October 2019:  The painted hay bales will be transported to their display locations throughout Newcastle and Damariscotta.
  • ** Friday, 11 October through Saturday morning noon, 12 October 2019:  The giant pumpkins will be carved and painted & decorated by the assigned volunteer artists.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  All pumpkin carving and painting must be completed by Saturday, October 12, at 12:00 noon. The Giant Pumpkin Parade begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 6.


Contact John Bristow at for the volunteer and participant waiver form that is required for participation. 


Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design

June 9, 2019

Last call to artists – decline, June 17

The deadline for submitting an entry to the Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design Contest is approaching quickly. Monday, June 17, 2019 is the deadline to submit an entry for this year’s contest.  The winning design will be printed on this year’s official 2019 Pumpkinfest t-shirts and other apparel.  The artist who creates the winning design will receive a $500 prize.

To be eligible for submitting an entry for the $500 prize, the artist must be a Maine resident (year-round or summer), including students attending Maine universities and colleges.  To be considered, the artwork must be received no later than the deadline of Monday, June 17, 2019, and must follow these guidelines:

  • Be original, professional quality artwork (no photographs).
  • Include the words “2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™”.
  • Represent the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta’s family-friendly and festive nature.
  • While color is encouraged, the design should avoid elements that do not reproduce clearly,   such as watercolor or shading.
  • The finished design should be 12″ x 13″ in size.

Designs must be submitted as…

  1. Hard copy, postal-mailed to: Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, P.O. Box 1101,

Damariscotta, ME 04543-1101, and/or

  1. Electronically in JPG format, emailed as an attachment to… or saved onto a thumb drive and postal-mailed.

The winning design’s creator will be contacted by a Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta representative.  At the conclusion of the contest, all of the submitted original designs will be return mailed to the artists.

If you have any questions please email John Bristow.

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