Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™  is a uniquely spirited event that provides education to young and old, and also an economic boost to this rural, coastal community. Our intent is to expand annually, as has been done since the first two pumpkinboats raced one another in 2007. There’s no limit to where imagination can take this “Only in Maine!” festival.

Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™ is an innovative program that promotes horticultural education to gardeners of all ages regarding the specific agricultural science required to grow Atlantic Giant Pumpkins. This program culminates in a family-oriented festival, held for ten days in early October thorough Columbus Day weekend each year to showcase the pumpkin growers results in a number of creative ways. Damariscotta is a small Maine town whose economic basis is fishing and tourism. This year, Pumpkinfest is expected to attract between 10-15,000 visitors.