600 FREE Giant Pumpkin Plants Available at Pumpkinfest’s “Seedling Sunday”


On May 21, “Seedling Sunday,” officially kicks-off the 2017 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™. On Seedling Sunday, volunteer-growers can adopt the ten-day old Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seedlings and grow pumpkins that will become the granddaddies of the pumpkin patch. These giants will be featured as pumpkin boats in the regatta, ammunition in the unforgettable pumpkin drop, and turned into works of art and displayed on Main Street in Damariscotta and Newcastle, Maine and beyond during Pumpkinfest.
Pumpkinfest’s “guest partners” will include representatives from the Boothbay Railway Village, the Maine Maritime Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Don Carrigan of Channel 6 News and his Maine Coon cat, Wally, will be there, as will be Channel 13’s Charlie Lopresti, Maine-State Champion pumpkin-grower.


Join the fun by becoming a Pumpkinfest “Squashbuckler” on Seedling Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or whenever the last plants have been adopted from Pinkham’s Plantation, located at 431 Biscay Road in Damariscotta. Along with your FREE Atlantic Giant Pumpkin plantlet, you’ll receive helpful growing instructions plus five gallons of FREE compost to give your seedling a healthy start. (Please bring a five-gallon container for your FREE super-enriched compost.)


Once again in 2017, Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™, is partnering with the Boothbay Railway Village, the Maine Maritime Museum, and the Farnsworth Art Museum for the second annual Maine’s Pumpkin Trail (MPT), a 50 mile long, event-filled tour of museums and festivals held between Labor Day and Halloween. To find out more about MPT, visit the MPT Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/MainePumpkinTrail/ .
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View the Festival Photo Gallery!

Thank you to everyone for a successful 2016 Pumpkinfest and Regatta!  Click here for photo’s from this year’s festival.   Check back soon for 2017 festival information.



2016 Weigh-Off Results

Congratulations to this year’s GPC winner, Charlie Lopresti. His pumpkin weighed in at 1711.5 lbs!! Cara Casas headlined the amateur youth division for 2016 with a 455 pound pumpkin!  Congrats to Mary Prescott, winner of the adult amateur division with a 777 lb pumpkin!

A big Pumpkinfest thank you to all of the volunteers and growers that participated!  Click here to see a full listing of results.

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10th Anniversary Merchandise for Sale!

Order your 2016 “Special” 10th Anniversary Merchandise now before it sells out. Click here to buy now!

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Maine’s Pumpkin Trail!

Follow Maine’s Pumpkin Trail from Labor Day through October to celebrate the arts, history, and giant fruit of Midcoast Maine! New for 2016, Maine’s Pumpkin Trail covers 50 miles of Maine’s most charming coastline and features  the Maine Maritime Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Boothbay Railway Village, and Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Squashbucklers, fall foliage seekers, and artists young and old will find fun events for the entire family! All aboard for Maine’s Pumpkin Trail!

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Festival Forms

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