Bath rings in fall with annual Autumnfest event

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BATH — The City of Ships rings in the new season Saturday, Oct. 9, with its annual Autumnfest event.

The celebration, presented by Main Street Bath, includes the 12th annual Citizen Involvement Day, which will be held at Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature food, music and more than 50 booths that represent area organizations.

Children’s events, a tree-planting ceremony, a root beer tent and dancing with Tony Zumba will be among the activities offered. Old Grey Goose International will provide music at Waterfront Park, as will The Roberts on Front Street.

The awards ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Plant Home is sponsoring a pie-baking contest at Waterfront Park, or inside the Bath Elks’ Lodge in case of rain. Apple or pumpkin pies should be submitted to the Plant Home table at the park between 10 and 11 a.m. Local owners of food-related businesses will judge the appearance and taste of the pies.

Other Autumnfest activities include the Great Scarecrow Event, to be held at the Customs House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and fire truck rides from City Hall. Downtown scavenger hunt forms can be found outside Ornament, 11 Centre St., and all the items listed can be found at downtown businesses. Finished forms will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 Gift of Bath gift certificate.

About 25 Bath restaurants and shops will offer “Shop Locally” rewards. Customers who spend at least $50 at participating Bath businesses during Autumnfest will receive a $10 Gift of Bath certificate.

Lisa-Marie’s Made-in-Maine craft show will be held on Front Street between Elm and Summer streets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Halcyon Yarm will hold its annual open house with demonstrations and discounts all day, and many other downtown businesses will host special activities and sales.

Call Carolyn Lockwood, Bath community development coordinator, for more information at 443-8330. Log onto visitbath.com for a full schedule of events, or pick up a brochure downtown.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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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.