BETHEL — The 13th annual Bethel Harvestfest and Chowdah Cookoff is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18. This year’s theme is “Four Seasons of Fun in Bethel, Maine,” and the area will be adorned in the harvest spirit with cornstalks, ribbons, pumpkins and scarecrows.

Activities will include chainsaw carving, local music, free horse-drawn wagon rides, fly-tying and casting, historical barn tours, apple picking and arts and crafts.

During the chowder cookoff, the public will have the opportunity to taste up to a dozen or more chowders produced by local restaurants. They will also help to judge the People’s Choice award recipient. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. with the chowder being served at noon – until it’s gone.

Home chefs are invited into the competition and an award will be given to the top Judge’s Choice in that category. Professional and home bakers are also invited to enter the apple pie contest. Traditional and nontraditional apple pies will be judged and a gift certificate will go to the judge’s choices.

Other concessions will include Maine baked potatoes served hot out of the oven, with toppings, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers.

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