Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Halloween Pumpkin Art are all from a fun pumpkin festival in Maine. Throughout the town they have massive pumpkins creatively decorated for Halloween.
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I couldn’t believe how amazing every pumpkin was and who knew there were that many enormous pumpkins to decorate?
The Pumpkinfest happens every year in Damariscotta, Maine for ten days in early October through Columbus Day weekend.
Visiting New England for fall foliage is a must-see for your bucket list. The Explorer’s Guide to Maine has just been fully updated, giving you ideas on other places to go once you’re there.
Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Annual Events:
While I was in Maine, I was only able to see the pumpkins lining the streets because we got there too late. They have a whole lot of fun going over the ten days of the festival.
Travel & Leisure Magazine named Pumpkinfest the Best Fall Festival in Maine in 2017, so you know this is a good time to be had by all!
The event attracts between 10,000-15,000 visitors in the ten-day span and I was lucky enough to be one of those visitors.
Annual Pumpkin Weigh Off –
Every year Pumpkinfest has a weigh off for the heaviest pumpkin grown. The 2018 winner was 1,713 pounds! That was one big pumpkin.
The Giant Pumpkin Parade –
This is a fun event that is led by the “Queen of Pumpkins” marching past the crowds, followed by marching bands, tractors with the giant pumpkins, pumpkin cars, and even a lobster monster truck!
Pumpkin Dessert Contest & Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest –
They had me at “dessert.” The 2018 winners of the annual dessert contest include a Pumpkin Crunch Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake, and Mini Pumpkin Cakes.
Pumpkin Derby –
This event is a contest with non-motorized pumpkins weighing 20 pounds or less that race on a 50 yard course.
There are three different age-level contests. One for youth, teens and adults.
The contestants add wheels to their pumpkins and decorate them to compete.
There are prizes awarded for the fastest, scariest and most creative pumpkin racers.
Kids Pumpkin Hunt –
Instead of an Easter egg hunt, at this event, kids hunt for pumpkins. What a fun twist on a traditional holiday activity!
Giant Pumpkin Drop –
This is a site to see. Giant pumpkins are hoisted in the air with a crane and dropped on junk cars, and they splatter all over.
Pumpkin Regatta –
I missed this event and I’m really mad I did because it looks like so much fun!
Participants take a giant pumpkin and turn it into a sailing vessel and compete in two different races.
One race uses paddles and the other adds motors to the back of the pumpkins. The pumpkins and captains are all decked out in creative themes as they race each other.
One of my favorite ideas in a previous year’s race was a woman who turned her pumpkin into a swan and she wore a wedding dress that she picked up at a thrift store.
Why talk about it, when you can watch the event on youtube? You can find the 2018 Pumpkin Regatta race here.
Pumpkin Art –
The creativity that went into each pumpkin was amazing and I just had to share them all with you.
Here are the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Halloween Pumpkin Art Sculptures:
1) Kittens, rabbit and puppies…oh my!
I love the ribbons streaming down the sides of the pumpkin and adding the kitty, puppy and rabbit makes this a fun display.
2) All-seeing pumpkin.
Here’s looking at you! This is a simple, yet fun idea of adding eyes to a white pumpkin. It looks like there are ghosts trapped in the shell. Cute and simple to do.
3) A blast from the past.
This is an adorable way to bring a little nostalgia back with a soda fountain worker. What will you have?
4) Black and orange.
What a clever idea! Painting a pumpkin black and using the flesh as the color is an unusual twist on carving a pumpkin. I love the dangling spiders.
5) Send in the clowns.
This is a pumpkin that’s hard-to-miss! Using the large pumpkin as the body of the clown was a clever way to create this piece.
6) Haunted house.
Here’s another example of painting a pumpkin black, but instead of using the orange flesh, they painted the design in white which makes this pumpkin pop.
Look how they added all those eyeballs and even the black picket fence among the rocks – so creative!
7) Keep clam.
What would a Maine pumpkin festival be without a clam pumpkin? This one would make any clam-lover happy.
8) Olive you.
Well this one is a bit different, don’t you think?
9) A secret place.
Who wouldn’t love their own secret cove and a fairytale lookout? This pumpkin creates that private setting we all dream about.
10) Angry bird.
I think you’ve seen this guy before. He makes a perfect pumpkin.
11) Don’t go into the water.
I saw Jaws when I was young and this guy would scare anyone. I love the scuba tank in the mouth.
12) Fairy godmother.
Things ended up working well for Cinderella. But…there was a point in the story where things were dicey.
Here’s the scene when the horses turn back into mice.
12) Ice lover.
This dapper fellow looks so handsome with his cute hat.
13) As luck will have it.
This artist hit the jackpot with this pumpkin.
14) Eyes or pies.
This is one you couldn’t miss with all those vibrant color combinations.
15) Happy days are here again.
This pumpkin makes me smile because it’s so cheerful.
16) Hungry monster.
Everyone has their favorite meal. Monsters are no exceptions. This guy loves hamburgers.
17) Purple monster.
Speaking of hungry. This purple guy likes to eat people, as you can see from the second photo.
18) Sea monster.
You wouldn’t want to run into this guy in the ocean that’s for sure!
19) The tin man.
This little pumpkin robot would steal any little boy’s heart with cuteness.
20) Vincent van Pumpkin.
The starry night looks good on you, Mr. Pumpkin. A true work of art.
21) Queen bee.
This little lady knows how to show how regal she is all dolled up and topped with a crown.
22) Whale of a good time.
What a happy guy! The sea never looked so beautiful on the side of a pumpkin.
23) Night bandits.
This display is simply brilliant. From the trash cans and the cute behinds of the raccoons peeking out – no detail is left out in this amazing display.
24) May peace be with you.
Isn’t this beautiful? I thought you would like it.
How to Get to the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest:
One of the easiest ways to fly to Maine is to go through Boston, MA. It is less than a three hour drive to Damariscotta. You can also fly into Portland, Maine which is just one hour away.
Here’s the website for the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest to learn more about this amazing event.
We’ve reached the end of Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Halloween Pumpkin Art. I hope you enjoyed it.
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite pumpkin was.
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