Baileyville’s Annual Octoberfest Brings in Large Crowds

The Woodland Junior and Senior High School band lead the Annual Octoberfest Parade in Woodland on Saturday. The group sounded great and got the crowd ready for the fun floats to follow.

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

For the last several years the town of Baileyville has gathered together for a week in October to celebrate being friends and neighbors. Octoberfest brings families of the community together through events with which everyone can be involved.

This year’s festivities began with the pageants at the elementary school on Saturday, September 29th. The Octoberfest pageants took place during the day and the Ms. St. Croix Valley pageants were held in the evening. 

Events took place all week, including a family kickball game on Wednesday (see photo on page 19), a turkey dinner on Thursday and movie night on Friday showing Halloween favorite Hocus Pocus. There were also events like the 5th Annual Maine Books for Maine Kids event and the Unite Against Bullying walk that partners with Octoberfest every year. There was a house decorating contest to inspire the town to dress up. First place for the daytime contest was Francis Bohanon and Eileen Newman’s residence. The winner of the nighttime contest was Kelli Harvey.

Saturday, October 7th was the big day with a parade, vendors on Main Street, bed races, ping pong ball roll, bounce houses and more. The floats in the parade were judged; first place was Calais baseball, second place was Calais Regional Hospital, and third place was Down East Credit Union. It was a day of family fun and community pride coming together to welcome the fall season and enjoy some of the last nice weather before winter begins. 

Eight children received bicycles during the festivities: Nathan Guire, Aselis Townsend, Autumn Honas, Shiina Barnard, Jesse Phelps, Brooklyn Berry, Gavin Leighton, and Sophia MacArthur. Bikes were donated by the First Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Border Electric, VL Tammaro, Down East Credit Union, Woodland IGA, Princeton Foodmart and Wal-Mart.

Most of the events for Octoberfest are free, encouraging families and friends to go out and be active without any cost. The volunteers for Octoberfest work hard all year to raise money and organize the events. 

The shopping center parking lot on Main Street in Baileyville was full of vendors of all kinds on Saturday for Baileyville’s Annual Octoberfest celebration. There were crafters, jewelry, make-up, and of course food vendors on hand. Calais Regional Hospital was there with a table raffling off pumpkins decorated by nurses. There was no cost for the tickets and winners got to take home one of these beautifully decorated pumpkins. See two more photos on page 32.

The Down East Credit Union sponsored its own team of superheroes to keep everyone at Octoberfest safe during the festivities. (Facebook photo)