18th Annual Bethel Harvestfest

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2015’s schedule is still being developed – check below for a sample schedule from 2014.

On and Around the Common

Saturday, September 20

9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Arts, crafts, music, and farmers’ market on the Common

8:00 a.m. until they’re gone! – Cookie walk to benefit West Bethel Union Church.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Chainsaw carving demo with Steve Stone on the lawn next to the Bethel Historical Society

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. –  Bethel Historical Society’s Robinson House open –  Museum Shop and exhibits, Gould Through the Years: Selections from the Academy Archives and In the Field & On the Homefront: Bethel During the Civil War

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Book signing at Bethel Historical Society’s Robinson House  – Author Jim Witherell for his books Ed Muskie: Made in Maine, 1914-1960 and L. L. Bean—The Man and His Company: The Complete Story

10:00 am – 2:00 p.m. - Kids’ activities at the Hancock Lumber tent

11:00 am – 12:30 p.m. – Jim McLaughlin – live music in the gazebo

11:00 am – 3:00 p.m. – Loaded baked potatoes and goodies off the grill for sale at the chamber’s booth next to the gazebo.

12:00 p.m. - CHOWDAH IS SERVED!  Buy your bracelets from volunteers.

  • Just chowder (10+ samples) + drink: $10
  • Chowder + drink + slice of apple pie a la mode: $13
  • Kids’ price chowder + drink: $5
  • Individual sample: $2

12:00 p.m. ’till it’s goneApple pie slices on sale.  Grab a slice a la mode!  (To participate in apple pie contest judging, drop your pie off at the chamber’s tent before 11:00 a.m.)

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.mFree horse-drawn wagon rides 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Points North fiddlers

2:30 p.m. – Chowdah cookoff and apple pie contest winners announced!

1:30 p.m. – The Wilderness Act at 50,a free illustrated program by forester and environmental consultant David Govatski at the Bethel Historical Society’s Moses Mason House.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – The Northside Ramblers – From the hills of Western Maine, The Northside Ramblers bring you grooves and melodies combining country, rock, and funk that are sure to entertain.

Around Town

Friday, September 19

Northeast Drift Boat Competition – 3:00 p.m. – Drift boat oarsmen test their skills at launching, ferrying, navigation and rowing speed over a ¼ mile length of the Androscoggin. The contest begins at Bethel Outdoor Adventure and ends at Davis Park.

Saturday, September 20

New England Two-Fly Contest - 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Fishermen fly-cast from 6 am to 3 pm on the Upper Androscoggin River trying to catch the largest and most brook, rainbow and brown trout with the use of only two flies.  Awards will be presented at 4 pm on The Bethel Inn Resort’s back lawn. Register here.

Self-guided canoe/kayak tour on the Androscoggin – 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Bethel Outdoor Adventure & Campground offers 10% off rentals and shuttle service from Gilead to Bethel.  Reservations recommended. (207) 824-4224

Bethel Farmers’ Market  – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.mnext to Norway Savings Bank on the Parkway. Fresh local produce, meats, flowers, eggs, lobster, and other goodies from local farms.

Sunday River Resort – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Scenic lift rides to the top of North Peak, mountain biking, geocaching, disc golf, bungee trampoline, hiking, and zipline tours. 1-800-543-2754 or

Apple picking at two local orchards:

Gibson’s Apple Orchard – 55 Gibson Rd., Bethel. (4 miles from Rt. 2 on the North Road.) (207) 836-2972

Lyon Orchard – 684 Grover Hill Rd., Bethel. (3.6 miles from Rt.5/35) (207) 824-2842

Sunday, September 21

45-mile ride with Bethel Bicycle – 9:30 a.m. – Join the crowd at Bethel Bicycle for a scenic loop ride along the Androscoggin and through East Bethel.  (Route map).  Meet at Bethel Bicycle, 53 Mayville Rd (Rt. 2/26 next to Dunkin’ Donuts.) (207) 824-0100