October Community Events Celebrate the Season

By Lura Jackson

 

October has officially arrived, bringing with it a month of activities happening all over Eastern Washington County. While many activities are related to the major holiday of the month – Halloween – others are related to the celebration of the year’s harvest. Though not intended to be a comprehensive guide, the article will highlight some of the events suitable for local families to enjoy!

The first weekend of the month boasts two major events. Octoberfest in Baileyville technically runs from September 30th to October 7th, but it’s the final day that will see community members out in force. The day begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. At 9:30, story time for grades Pre-K to Grade 3 will be held with Ms. Mary at the public library. At 11:00 a.m., the grand parade will begin. Following the parade, a car show for antique cars, trucks and bikes will be held at the DECU parking lot. At the park, youth will enjoy the G-Force inflatables running from noon to 4:00 p.m. between the series of planned events, including bed races, kid games, fireman’s muster, ping pong roll, and more. 

If you’re more inclined toward fresh, locally grown vegetables and handmade crafts, you can head to the Perry Harvest Festival on October 7th, running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Perry Municipal Building on Route 1. Along with a wealth of produce and products, attendees will be entertained by local musicians and presentations by Barbara’s School of Dance throughout the day. Food and snack vendors will also be on hand.

On October 14th at Washington County Community College, the public is invited to participate in the college’s Fall Festival. Attendees will be treated to live music by country band Tennessee Haze of Fort Kent, a dunk tank, a bouncy house, pumpkin painting, face painting, and more. There will be hot dogs and chili available at no cost to all who desire them.

All month long in Calais, the downtown streets will be adorned with scarecrows put out by community members and business owners. The scarecrows are often of a range of themes, and some of them have been so realistic as to prompt traffic to stop so that they may cross the street! The scarecrows are part of the appropriately-named Scarecrow Fest, a festival that culminates on October 28th. On that day, the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition will be holding several events to celebrate the Halloween season, including the increasingly popular casket racing. During the casket race, teams compete to determine who among them has built the most efficient casket-craft. Prizes are given for multiple categories and teams are encouraged to dress up. In past years, attendees have also tried their hand at cadaver tossing, mummy racing, and touring a haunted graveyard. A schedule of events will be published in an upcoming issue.

Also on October 28th, those with an interest in locally made crafts will appreciate the annual Craft Fair at Alexander Elementary School. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and always proves popular with crafters and community members alike.

Halloween-themed events fill up the end of the month. In Calais, the Calais Fire-EMS team hopes to revisit the success of past years with its famed haunted house, located at the former high school on Washington Street. The haunted house is anticipated to run on the 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th.

On or around the 31st itself, community members can visit a number of local organizations to obtain treats. The Alexander Grange has traditionally given away treats for Halloween as part of Goodies and the Grange, and this year it will continue its practice. A trunk or treat will be held simultaneously, so plenty of candy is assured for all attendees! In Baileyville, the Recreation Department typically gets involved in the festivities, and the Spednic Club has an annual candy shell-out that’s always popular with local youth.

 

To keep apprised of other upcoming events as they become posted, keep your eye on the Community Calendar each issue.