16th Annual Bethel Harvestfest

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On and Around the Common

Saturday, Sept. 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.

Check back closer to the event for a complete schedule.

Around Town

Friday, Sept. 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, Sept. 20

New England Two-Fly Contest - 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Fishermen fly-cast from 6 am to 2 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. After the contest there is a drift boat parade up Main Street and around the common followed by the awarding of trophies and prizes.  To register, call 877.851-7533 or click 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