Forget scarecrow-making on Wiscasset common and sampling chili and chowder in a downtown contest this Saturday. Those Scarecrowfest events are canceled due to the forecast for rain and wind, Parks and Recreation Director Duane Goud said. “Trying to set up tents on Main Street and have people on the common, the weather is prohibitive.”
But the chili and chowder contest could be reset for Winterfest at the end of January, according to Goud in the phone interview and Wiscasset Area Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Pat Cloutier in an email. “Looks like the weather is against us,” Cloutier wrote members about Saturday’s cancellation.
Cloutier, added: “We will look at making Winterfest a special event and perhaps adding the Chili/Chowder challenge, perfect weather for a hot steaming bowl of chili!”
Goud said any other year, activities could have been moved inside. “But being the year that it is, we are unable to move things to an inside environment.”
Scarecrowfest’s other remaining events – a costumed Walk Around Wiscasset from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 and cornhole Sunday, Oct. 18 at Ames True Value Supply with registration starting at 10 a.m. – were still on, Goud said. The cornhole tournament benefits Toys for Tots.