Calling All T-Artists for the 2017 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™ 

T-Shirt Design Contest – $500 Prize for Winner !! 

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest invites Maine artists to submit a design for this year’s official festival T-Shirt. The selected design will be featured on the T-Shirt commemorating the Eleventh Annual Pumpkinfest & Regatta, to be held from Sept 30th to Oct. 9th, 2017. A $500 prize will be awarded to the artist whose design is selected. To be eligible, the artist must be a Maine resident (year-round or summer).
The winning design will become property of the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest &Regatta, and all rights of use must be released to the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta. The selected T-Shirt design and the artist’s biography will be posted on the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta web site and Facebook page, and will be released officially to Maine and regional media. In addition to promotional media and prize money, the selected artist gains the satisfaction of seeing his/her artwork on T-Shirts all over Maine and beyond.
Last year’s Pumpkinfest attracted thousands of visitors and more than 500 T-Shirts were sold.
To be considered, the artwork must (1) be original, professional quality artwork (no photographs); (2) include the words “2017 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™”; and (3) 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.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, June 19, 2017.
Designs must be submitted as:
(1)   hard copy, (snail-mailed to Damariscotta Pumpkinfest, P.O. Box 1101, Damariscotta, ME 04543-1101), and/or
(2)   electronically, in JPEG or PDF format, (which can be emailed as an attachment to: or saved onto a CD and snail-mailed).

Limited FREE Giant Pumpkin Plants Still Available from Pumpkinfest’s “Seedling Sunday”

On May 21, “Seedling Sunday,” officially kicked off the 2017 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™. On Seedling Sunday, volunteer-growers adopted the ten-day old Atlantic Giant Pumpkin seedlings to 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” included 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, were there, as well as Channel 13’s Charlie Lopresti, Maine-State Champion pumpkin-grower.
You can still join the fun by becoming a Pumpkinfest “Squashbuckler” as there are limited plants still available (first come, first serve) 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.)
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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 2016’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 Trescot, 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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Vintage Merchandise for Sale!

Order your Vintage 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 Halloween, to celebrate the arts, history, and giant fruit of Midcoast Maine! 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

Click on the pumpkin to find all the forms for Pumpkinfest events.

Click the blue button to find contacts for e-mail, social media, and our mailing address – as well as our non-profit status and license number.

Click the green button to download the most recent 2017 event schedule and start planning your trip to Pumpkinfest now!