There’s nothing better than showing off the fruits (and vegetables, and flowers) of your labor and there’s no better place to do it than at the Pumpkinfest. We’re there every year, and we encourage you to come as well! It’s a great gathering of local growers who want to celebrate their growing successes and those of their neighbors.
Want to get a head start on the Pumpkinfest? Come by Pinkham’s Plantation in May and pick up your pumpkin seedling. We give out 500 seedlings every year and encourage all our local growers to come show us their success at the Pumpkinfest. To grow the best, you’ve got to have the best soils, nutrients and pesticides, and you can find those supplies year-round at Pinkham’s Plantation.
Each year over 600 free Atlantic Giant Pumpkin plants are given away during “Seedling Sunday." Those seedlings become the granddaddies of the pumpkin patch and are featured during Damariscotta Pumpkinfest™ as pumpkinboat contestants in the regatta. They could also be decorated & displayed on Main Street in Damariscotta/Newcastle during October. The ambitious goal of Pumpkinfest is to collectively grow 500 pumpkins weighing 100 pounds each - for a total of 50,000 pounds of fruit!
One of the fundamental goals of Pumpkinfest is to promote education to citizens of all ages regarding the specific agricultural science required to grow giant pumpkins, and to provide local non-profit organizations with opportunities for dissemination of information on their activities and fundraising.
Among the growers of an Atlantic Giant Pumpkin was the legendary Togus, a 26-pound Maine Coon Cat “owned” (or at least housed) by WCSH6 News Center reporter, Don Carrigan and his wife, Donna. When not eating, catching mice, eating, purring, eating, cat-napping or, of course, eating, Togus was the morning mascot of the Channel 6 Storm Center.
With the help of Don and Donna, Togus grew giant pumpkins in 2010 and 2012. Togus’ pal, Walpole (aka, “Wally”) also is a fan of the annual Atlantic Giant Pumpkin “Seedling Sunday," which is held the Sunday after Mother’s Day in May. He may make an appearance in memory of “Togus the Great."
To help Damariscotta Pumpkinfest™ meet the goal of 50,000 pounds of fruit, hundreds of volunteers receive their free, two-week-old, Atlantic Giant Pumpkin plant at the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest Seedling Sunday event held in May on the Sunday after Mother’s Day from 9 a.m. until all the plants are adopted.
Seedling Sunday is held at Pinkham's Plantation, which is located at 431 Biscay Road in Damariscotta, Maine 04543. Volunteers are reminded to bring a bucket to collect their free five gallons of compost!