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Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Plantlet Giveaway

The great pumpkin seedling giveaway is May 19 at Pinkham's Plantation on Biscay Road in Damariscotta. Owner Buzz Pinkham estimates they will have 500 Giant Atlantic Pumpkin seedlings to give away.

Great Salt Bay School students will help prepare the pots for planting a week before the giveaway.

The seedlings are to be raised by volunteer growers to supply 2013 Pumpkinfest with giant pumpkins for downtown displays, pumpkin boats, and more. "It takes well over 100 giant pumpkins," Pinkham said.

2013 marks the ninth annual Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, to be held Oct. 5 to 14.

"It took a couple of years for downtown to catch on and realize we weren't all crazy," Pinkham said. "We asked downtown how many people were too many? They said, 'don't worry about it.' We asked them about parking, they said, they always find a place to park," Pinkham said of the false notion that Pumpkinfest would not be a hit.

He estimates that the 2012 event drew 20,000 to 30,000 people to the area.

"I've been told that the downtown restaurants have their best 10 days of the year. It brings in a lot of people that have not been to Damariscotta before. They come and say, 'wow, look at all the restaurants and shops,'" Pinkham said.

Pinkham had one shop owner tell him that people come in and look, then come back a few weeks later. "They get a bump all the way to Christmas," Pinkham added.

Pumpkinfest "involves the whole community. One-hundred different businesses participate and support it. There are hundreds of volunteers," Pinkham said.

New on tap for the 2013 Pumpkinfest & Regatta is the addition of more street performers, like jugglers, musicians and magicians.

"One of the theater groups is putting on a play Saturday night. The second annual Pumpkinstock will be held at Round Top Farms." According to Pinkham, also returning is the ever popular regatta, pumpkin chunking, pumpkin drop, kids activities on Water Street with expanded activities on Theater Street, the parade, cooking contest, pie eating contest and more.

Growers can also raise funds for their favorite charity by getting a pledge per pound for their pumpkin. "We have raised several thousand dollars" through the pumpkin pledge sheets, Pinkham said.

An important change to note is the Pumpkin Regatta has been moved to Monday this year, because of the tide.

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