Wear a mask when you can’t socially distance, and look for Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce’s chili, chowder and pumpkin dessert contest to move downtown to the sidewalks, Wiscasset Parks and Recreation Director Duane Goud said. Scarecrowfest, including Wiscasset’s long tradition of scarecrow-making – in its second year on the common – is “definitely a go,” Goud said in a phone interview Friday.
The department wanted people to have a chance to get out, and some have been asking about Scarecrowfest, he said. Lining up sponsors and volunteers was going “pretty decent so far” and was continuing; so was planning the events and their changes due to the pandemic, he said.
“Just about everything is outdoors,” and moving the chili, chowder and dessert contest downtown will give that event more room, Goud said. The contest, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, benefits First Congregational Church of Wiscasset’s special needs fund and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church’s Help Yourself Shelf, according to a flyer.
Monday, in an email release of posters detailing Scarecrowfest plans, Goud reiterated, “As we try to make this event happen we want to remind people to practice their social distancing and the wearing of masks where they cannot properly social distance.” The information Goud sent said Scarecrowfest will run Oct. 10-18 and be fun for the whole family. Events listed include Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, Make a Scarecrow 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 on the common, Scarecrow Contest, Scary Stories, Pie Day, Boot Drive, Chili/Chowder/Pumpkin Dessert Contest, a costumed Walk Around Wiscasset Oct. 15, a car show, a Saturday, Oct. 10 concert with the Salty Dogs Band and, Sunday, Oct. 18 at Ames True Value Supply, a cornhole tournament.
For more information, call 882-8230 or check the department’s website and Facebook page.