16th Annual Bethel Harvestfest

presented by 

On and Around the Common

Saturday, Sept. 21

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.  - 3:00 p.m. - Chainsaw carving demonstration by Steve Stone of Bethel on the lawn of the Bethel Historical Society. Carvings will be available for purchase and one will be raffled.  Sponsored by Mahoosuc Realty & Rentals.

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Hancock Lumber will give away white pine seedlings and offer a kids’ arts and craft activity.

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.— Oakie the Acorn from Oakhurst Dairy will hand out product samples around the common.

10:00 a.m. to 4:oo p.m. – Bethel Historical Society’s Robinson House will be open with exhibits about Bethel, the Civil War, Maine barns, and the Bethel Inn.  Museum Shop.  207-824-2908

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. –  ”Harvest of Local Talent” sponsored by Allen’s Coffee Brandy – Local musicians performing in the gazebo:

11:00 a.m. – Jewel Clark and Donnie Katlin

12:30 p.m. – Bunch of Old Hippies

2:00 p.m. – Pete Morton

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Delicious local loaded baked potatoes, corn on the cob, and hot dogs and hamburgers for sale at the chamber’s booth next to the gazebo.

12 noon: Chowdah is served in the Annual Chowdah Cookoff! Sponsored by Sysco Food Services of Northern New England and Oakhurst Dairy. Purchase a bracelet for $10 for unlimited chowdah samples from local restaurants. Make sure to vote for People’s Choice.

12 noon – 1:30 p.m.Apple Pie Contest. Sponsored by the Good Food Store.  Click here to enter your pie, or just stop by for a slice!

12:00 – 3:00 p.m. - FREE horse-drawn wagon rides leaving from the common.  Sponsored by Oxford Networks.

1:30 p.m. - Lecture and Book Signing by David B. Field, author of Along Maine’s Appalachian Trail 
Bethel Historical Society’s Mason House exhibit hall – David B. Field, retired University of Maine professor of Forest Resources, will present a program about the Appalachian Trail in Maine—as it is today and how it came to be.

2:00 p.m. - Chowder winners announced at the gazebo

2:30 p.m. - Upper Andro Anglers Alliance drift boat parade arrives up Main St. and proceeds around the common to behind The Bethel Inn Resort.  Winners from the Two-Fly Contest will be announced there.

3:30 p.m. Drawing for the Bethel Library’s “Dining Out” raffle.  Three different packages of restaurant gift certificates will be raffled off. Each package includes five gift certificates from restaurants such as Crossroads Diner, Inman’s Diner, Kowloon Village, Rooster’s Roadhouse, Mill Hill Inn, Erin’s Cafe, Good Food Store, Pat’s Pizza, ChoSun, The Bethel Inn, The Sudbury, Smokin’ Good BBQ, SS Milton, Jolly Drayman, 22 Broad St.   The tickets are three for $5 and one ticket for $2.

Around Town

Friday, Sept. 20

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.

Guitar pickin’ Denny Breau – 8:30pm until closing at The Bethel Inn Resort’s Millbrook Tavern

Saturday, Sept. 21

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.

Paddle the Androscoggin from Hanover to Rumford – Meet at 9 a.m. at the Hanover Town Hall boat launch and paddle to the Rumford boat launch (near McDonald’s).   Shuttling provided by Stony Brook Recreation and boats will be available.  Meet up at the end for a free BBQ (approx. 1 p.m.)!  Organized by the River Valley Growth Council, Androscoggin River Watershed Council, Mahoosuc Land Trust, and River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition.

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

Pete Kilpatrick at The Bethel Inn Resort’s Millbrook Tavern – 8:30pm – close.  Pete’s been name Maine’s Top Male Vocalist and has recently toured with The Dave Matthews Band, The Barenaked Ladies and others.

Sunday, September 22 

45-mile ride with Bethel Bicycle - Join the crowd at Bethel Bicycle for a scenic loop ride along the Androscoggin River and through East Bethel. Preview the route here. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the shop at 53 Mayville Road (Rt. 2), next to Shell/Dunkin’ Donuts.