While they couldn’t have ordered up the glorious fall weather this past weekend, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce team had the rest of Autumn Gold planning down to a science. The weekend offered something for everyone, from pancakes to chowder, boat rides to train rides, crafts to cars.
Businesses participating in the Autumn Gold decorating contest outdid themselves this year. Pumpkins, hay bales, mums and scarecrows popped up in windows and storefronts all over. The displays have Ellsworth looking festive and loved. It is a good example of the local “buy-in” for the Chamber and its signature event.
The annual festival is a celebration of the season and of the community and local businesses that help shape it. Money spent at locally owned businesses tends to stay right here. The price may be a few dollars more, but the return is far greater. Autumn Gold’s sponsors included a laundry list of Maine-based businesses and local businesses coordinated events, offered deals and donated raffle items.
The city was bustling Saturday. The Rotarians flipped a lot of pancakes at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. More than 400 people turned out on the waterfront to sample chowder from local chefs or take advantage of free boat rides on the Union River. The Home Depot parking lot was jam-packed with classic cars and the people who love them during the 37th annual car show. Area craftspeople showcased their wares at crafts shows at the Maine Coast and Mill malls. It was a good day to be in Ellsworth and better yet to call it home.
So our hats are off to the organizers and participants for pulling it off again. Autumn Gold was a fall bounty.