To the editor:
Another Pumpkinfest has come to an end and our children returned to their home outside of Boston this evening. But not before a final dinner together and our twin granddaughters recalling what they enjoyed this year … the moon bounces on Water Street, the pumpkin derby on the rainy Sunday morning. My son-in-law said it best, the spirit, the atmosphere, the creativity, and my daughter responded, what a great sense of community here!
What has it been? Ten years since Buzz and Bill wondered if they could float a pumpkin in the harbor and maybe attach a motor? And look what the weekend has become! It brings thousands of people to our very special corner of Maine.
Yes, we have heard complaints, but far more we have heard the wows of visitors who for the first time see Main Street and the enormous size of our locally grown pumpkins and the incredible creativity of our local artists.
We would like to pay tribute to the Pumpkinfest founders and to the amazing volunteer organizers who give so much to our community. You deserve our gratitude for all you have created and given our community and for the countless volunteer hours required to pull off such a first-class event.
Louise McIlhenny and Hugh Riddleberger