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Organizers declare Madawaska’s first Fall Fest a success

MADAWASKA, Maine — The St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s Beautification Committee held their first Madawaska Fall Fest Saturday at the farmer’s market and at the recently completed pocket parks. 

The Beautification Committee consists of the St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce, the town of Madawaska and the Acadian Festival Committee.

MADAWASKA, Maine — September 19, 2020 — The Farmers Market was the site for vendors, antique farm equipment and food at the first Fall Fest Sept. 19. (Morgan Mitchell | St. John Valley Times)

“The reasoning behind the Fall Fest was to provide a ‘soft opening’ for Madawaska’s newly developed pocket parks, highlighting the advantages of having the pocket parks for major events, special occasions and casual use by our citizens,” Chamber Director Sharon Boucher said. 

She said that “hundreds of people” attended, and that the event was a “great success.” 

MADAWASKA, Maine — September 19, 2020 — The pocket park amphitheater was the site for demonstrations where here Vanessa Gagnon is giving children and their parents tips on controlling anger. (Morgan Mitchell | St. John Valley Times)

MADAWASKA, Maine — September 19, 2020 — The pocket park amphitheater was the site for demonstrations where here Vanessa Gagnon is giving children and their parents tips on controlling anger. (Morgan Mitchell | St. John Valley Times)

Some of the events during the day at the farmer’s market included an antique farm equipment display, 22 vendors, Ken Theriault and his “Toy Chest” and the Mainely Meat ‘n Potatoes food truck. 

“Our crafters were excited to have a place to show and sell their wares during the ‘Craft Sale drought’ brought on by COVID-19,” Boucher said. “All were pleased with the excellent turnout and COVID-19 rules and guidelines were followed by all.”

MADAWASKA, Maine — September 19, 2020 — The Farmers Market was the site for vendors, antique farm equipment and food at the first Fall Fest Sept. 19. (Morgan Mitchell | St. John Valley Times)

The pocket park amphitheatre had events throughout the day such as food demonstrations, children’s storytime, painting artists, live music and a “guess the weight of the pumpkin” contest, while the 11th Ave. pocket park hosted the cornhole tournament with 16 competing teams. 

The pumpkin weight guessing contest featured a 194-pound pumpkin. After a tie-breaker, winners were John Ayotte, first, guessing 195 pounds; Patsy Ayotte, second, guessing 195 as well; and Suzanne Gendreau, third, guessing 197. The first and second places were given a tiebreaker to determine the winner. 

 

For the Cornhole tournament, the first place champion was team “Les Vieux Bucks” made up of Yvon Levesque and Phil Roy; second place was team “Children of the Cornhole” made up of Ben Hebert and Jake Hebert; and the third place team was “Next Generation” made up of Daniel Chamberland and Lionel Marquis.

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