BUCKSPORT — Two pubs, an ice cream shop and a yoga school were the four businesses represented in this year’s Jonathan Buck’s Race to the Grave, an event that ultimately resulted in twin donations of $250 to two local organizations.
The macabre competition went down in the parking lot behind the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce office.
It was just one of the activities organized by the Chamber that transformed this bayside town into “Ghostport” on Saturday. The daylong festival was held in tandem with the Fright at the Fort event taking place across the river at Fort Knox.
At the Bucksport waterfront, vendors hawked their goods all day as a loudspeaker blasted spooky voiceovers. A trebuchet designed by Chamber volunteer Bill Crawford launched pumpkins into the harbor, while on Main Street, Wahl’s Dairy Port reopened for one day, appeasing everyone who’s been screaming for ice cream since it closed for the season.
In the morning, the Little Goblins formerly known as children showed off their Halloween costumes in a parade down Main Street.
In the afternoon came the Race to the Grave. The four businesses that fielded teams were Yoga with Naomi, Wahl’s, Ramona’s bar and — up from Castine — Danny Murphy’s Pub. Danny Murphy’s also sponsored the race.
Each team consisted of one wheeled coffin, one person acting dead and four sprinting pallbearers. They each ran two heats, racing two at a time to the cheers of goblins and their parents.
The final victor was the Wahl’s team. In partnership with First & First Advisors, the Chamber awarded them a $500 check meant for a charity of their choice. Wahl’s — which has won the race before — donated half to Buck Memorial Library, half to Bucksport Historical Society.
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