Annual Maine Whoopie Pie Festival returns Saturday
DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Center Theatre has announced the schedule for the 2017 Maine Whoopie Pie Festival being held on Saturday, June 24 in downtown Dover-Foxcroft. The festival opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. with bakers from across the state sharing Maine’s official state treat with over 8,000 whoopie pie fans. The full schedule and information about the festival can be found at www.MaineWhoopiePieFestival.com. Because in-town parking is very limited, attendees should follow the signs to the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds where they can park and get on the free shuttle to the festival downtown.
Getting the festival off to a running start, the Piscataquis Regional YMCA is holding its annual Earn Your Whoopie Pie 3K fun run/ walk and kid’s 1K fun run. The children’s race starts at 8 a.m. and the adults take off at 8:30 a.m. The race starts in the parking lot downtown behind Pat’s Pizza and advance registration is recommended but entrants can sign up Saturday morning. For more information visit www.prymca.org or call the PRYMCA at 564-7111.
This year, attendees will enjoy live music all day long by Destroy Them My Robots, an ‘80s cover band from Bar Harbor. There will also be magic shows at the Varney Agency Kid’s Zone along with bounce houses, rides and other games and entertainment for youngsters. Everyone will enjoy the baker booths along with all the artists, crafters, vendors and other food vendors. Festival goers can participate in one of three whoopie pie eating contests held for children, teens and adults. The eating contests happen in the food court downtown at 11:45 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. respectively.
Patrick Myers, the organizer and founder of the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, is particularly happy with the community support the festival has received, “There are many other activities around town during the festival that people should check out,” he said. “There’s a huge rummage sale at the Congregational Church, tours of the renovations of the historic Central Hall building, the Dover-Foxcroft Farmers Market and so much more.”
Myers also said that the fun does not stop after the festival, “The Center Theatre is hosting a performance by renowned magician and illusionist Joel Meyers at 8 p.m.,” Myers said. “He’s been called a ‘Wicked Sorcerer’ and has won national and international awards. It’s a treat to bring him to Dover-Foxcroft and we hope people will stay in town for the show.”
Myers said the festival would not be possible without the help of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber’s director Denise Buzzelli is a huge asset to the festival and the town, we couldn’t do it without her,” he said. Myers also said there are many local businesses that support the festival through sponsorships, “Our sponsors include Dave’s World and U.S. Cellular, Townsquare Media, the Bangor Daily News, Maine’s Credit Unions, The Varney Agency, Bangor Savings Bank, Will’s Shop ‘n Save and many more.”
The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival is the largest fundraiser for the Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, a non-profit who is dedicated to bringing affordable arts, education and entertainment to the community.