Bath Autumnfest marks 20 years of citizen appreciation

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BATH — Orange is the new green, as the city’s annual Autumnfest celebration marks the transition from summer to fall.

The Saturday, Oct. 6, event will offer a variety of activities, including the 20th annual Citizen Involvement Day. Citizen of the year, youth, community project and Al Smith Community Spirit Awards will be given out – the latter named for the city’s former community development director, who created Citizen Involvement Day.

The event will be held from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park, where more than 40 area nonprofits will be promoting their programs and the Bath Farmers Market will offer its wares.

A more detailed rundown of Autumnfest activities can be found at visitbath.com/events/autumnfest, or by calling the Main Street Bath office at 442-7291.

Family activities will be focused at Elm Street Plaza, Autumnfest coordinator Becky Welsh said Sept. 19, as opposed to the north end of Front Street being closed down for the festival.

“It will be a different setup, but it will still be festive,” Welsh said.

A drop in attendance is one reason for the change in venue, Welsh noted. Autumnfest competes that weekend with Damariscotta’s Pumpkinfest, which packs its downtown each year about 20 miles to the north.

The “Great Scarecrow Event” will still be held at the Customs House, 1 Front St., from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The third annual “4-Way 5K Run/Walk” will start at the former Knights of Columbus Hall (now Bath Area Food Bank), 807 Middle St., at 9 a.m. Cash prizes are given to top finishers, and registration is available at runsignup.com/Race/ME/Bath/BathRotary5K.

Halcyon Yarn will hold its annual open house at 12 School St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, shoppers who spend $50 at certain downtown businesses will receive a voucher, which can be redeemed at Lisa Marie’s Made in Maine (170 Front St.) or Now You’re Cooking (49 Front St.) to be redeemed for a $10 “Gift of Bath” certificate. That certificate can be used at most downtown businesses.

“The point of Autumnfest is to promote the downtown, and that’s one of our promotions,” Welsh said.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.