It seems there’s a festival for everything. In Central Maine, there’s one that honors the brown egg industry the second week of July. The celebration runs for an entire week, with the bulk of the festivities on the weekend. But even during the early days of the festival, there’s a lot to do.
This year’s Central Maine Egg Festival is underway. It started on Monday, July 8, and ends on Saturday, July 13.
The festival kicked off with a Little Chick Contest. It’s not about baby chickens. Instead, pictures of children ages five and younger are entered at a voting station, and people vote on their favorite picture. The first- and second-place winners receive a check for $50 and $25, respectively, along with a ride in The Famous Big Parade on Saturday, July 13.
Other events this week included an Egg-lympics, wooden egg decorating, live concerts, a sidewalk art contest, an art show, free movies, an ice cream truck, window painting, and the Kiwanis Karnival.
Here is the weekend schedule. All activities are held in Pittsfield, Maine.
Friday, July 12
- 10 a.m.–6 p.m.—Art Show at the Pittsfield Public Library, 100 Library Street
- 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.—Quiche and Cheesecake Contest and Luncheon at the Pittsfield Elks Lodge, 140 Middle Street. Judging begins at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon.
- 4–8 p.m.—Marketplace Tent at Manson Park, featuring Maine crafters and artisans, Manson Park is located at 51 Peltoma Avenue, across from the Pittsfield Municipal Airport.
- 5:30–7 p.m.—Live music by Riff Johnson at Manson Park
- 6:30–10 p.m.—Kiwanis Karnival at Manson Park
- 7:45–9:45 p.m.—Live music by Steve Dunphy at Manson Park
Saturday, July 13
- 2 a.m.—Airport Fly-in closes at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport
- 6–9 a.m.—Early Bird Breakfast at Manson Park
- 7 a.m.–1 p.m.—EAA Airport Fly-in Exhibitor Area at Curtis Air, 176 Harrison Street at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport
- 7 a.m.–10 p.m.—Pancake breakfast, open to the pilots and the public at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport
- 9 a.m.–1 p.m.—Scenic plane rides from Curtis Air at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport. Free airplane rides from the EAA Young Eagles will also be held at the same time at Curtis Air at the airport.
- 9 a.m.–8 p.m.—Marketplace Tent in Manson Park
- 9:15 a.m.—The Famous Big Parade starts at the Industrial Park on Industrial Park Street, continues along Somerset Avenue onto Main Street, and ends in Manson Park. Starting this year, candy cannot be thrown into the crowds.
- 10 a.m.–1 p.m.—Art show at the Pittsfield Public Library
- 11 a.m.–11 p.m.—Games and rides at the Kiwanis Karnival in Manson Park
- 11 a.m.–1 p.m.—Lunch wagon and ice cream cart open at the Pittsfield Municipal Airport
- 11:30 a.m.—Corn Hole Tournament at Manson Park
- 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.—Pony rides at Manson Park
- 11:30 a.m.—Egg Drop Contest at Manson Park
- noon–1 p.m.—Live music from the Sebasticook Valley Community Band at Manson Park
- 12:30 p.m.—Detroit Fire Department serves barbecue chicken in the Food Tent at Manson Park
- 1:15–3:15 p.m.—Live music from Harold Batchelder at Manson Park
- 3:30–4:45 p.m.—Live music from Sydney Morton & Friends at Manson Park
- 5–6:30 p.m.—Live music from John Whitman and The Southwind Band at Manson Park
- 6:45–8:45 p.m.—Live music from As Friends at Manson Park
- 9–11 p.m.—Live music from Steve Dunphy at Manson Park
- 9:30 p.m.—Fireworks at Manson Park
For more information about the festival, visit centralmaineeggfestival.org.
Pittsfield is 206 miles north of Boston.