In October pumpkins are everywhere in Lincoln County, and Academy Hill in Newcastle is no exception. This season in honor of Pumpkinfest the Lincoln Academy Garden Club grew two Atlantic Giant Pumpkins; though they were not quite as giant as some students hoped. “We are not going to win the weight competition this year,” commented Jake Abbott, a Lincoln Academy faculty member and Garden Club Advisor, “But we had a great time growing pumpkins with students. Maybe next year we’ll break 1000 pounds!”
In addition to growing pumpkins, LA students will help decorate Main Street’s giant pumpkins under the supervision of visual art teachers Nina Sylvia and Jonathan Mess. Other LA students will be volunteering during the festivities, helping on the course at the CLC YMCA Zombie Run (starts at 8 am Saturday Oct. 11), staffing games in the Kids’ Zone on Water Street (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10-2), and helping out with other other activities throughout the weekend.
This year’s Pumpkinfest Mascot has has chosen to remain anonymous to avoid the media frenzy that inevitably accompanies this role, but sources reveal that she does have close ties to Lincoln Academy. The Pumpkin Mascot will lead the Official Giant Pumpkin Parade (starts at 2:15 pm on Saturday, Oct. 11 in downtown Damariscotta) along with the Pumpkin Queen, marching directly behind the Color Guard.
Finally, as always, Lincoln Academy offers free parking to members of the public. Shuttle buses will run on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday between the LA parking lot (across from the gym) to various Pumpkinfest activities. Shuttle bus rides cost $1.
“Lincoln Academy loves Pumpkinfest!” said Lincoln Academy Head of School David Sturdevant. “It is great to see the town bustling with people celebrating this local tradition, and we are delighted to have our campus, our students, and our staff right in the thick of it.”