The 2018 winner of the annual T-Shirt Design Contest is Marybeth Canedy, of Jefferson. 

Originally from Massachusetts, Canedy is an enthusiastic artist who paints on all surfaces and items, utilizing watercolors and acrylics. She enjoys all crafts involving anything to do with nature. During the 2017 Pumpkinfest, she painted a giant pumpkin that was displayed in Newcastle. The winning artist also enjoys painting village scenes from around Maine.

The design was selected from among 17 entries that were submitted by 14 artists. The judges were Pumpkinfest volunteer committee members and other volunteers attending the June 21 monthly Pumpkinfest planning meeting at Skidompha Library. The contest prize to the winning artist is $500.

Canedy’s colorful design with a bright central pumpkin beautifully captures the sights and spirit of the Pumpkinfest festival held every year during Columbus Day weekend, this year from October 5-8. A scene of the buildings in Damariscotta and Newcastle viewed against the Damariscotta River dotted with sailboats is visible behind the giant pumpkin in Canedy’s winning design.

The colors chosen for this year’s Pumpkinfest T-shirts are black, deep purple, and heather purple. The T-shirts, hoodies, and other Pumpkinfest gear is available at Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy of Damariscotta, Main Street Grocery, Beach Plum Company at the Newcastle Bridge and Supplies Unlimited. T-shirts and hoodies also can be ordered by filling out the order form and  emailing it to

There are many other opportunities for artists to be involved in Pumpkinfest, as all of the giant pumpkins in the area need to be turned into works of art during Pumpkinfest. If you are interested in lending your talents, please email