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Autumn Gold has epic line-up, Sept. 26 29.

ELLSWORTH Ellsworth has been a city in celebration all summer, reveling in the 250th anniversary of the town. Time capsules have been un-earthed, the 50th Annual Fire Fighters Convention was hosted in the city and now to keep the party going, there's a full weekend of fun for the whole community with the annual Autumn Gold celebration Sept. 26 through 29. 

Events kick off with the Ellsworth Sestercentennial 250 Time Capsule display opening at the Ellsworth Library at 2 p.m. This allows members of the public to enjoy the items that were contained inside for 50 years, including a playbill of a show called 'From Spars to Space' that was signed by everyone involved; a letter from one of the organizers of the 200th celebration addressed to the 250th committee; newspaper clippings with articles and ads about the community 50 years ago and more.

That evening, there will be a Chamber Business After Hours at the Brown and Milliken Agency from 5 to 7 p.m. for members of the Chamber of Commerce. The Crocker House will be providing refreshments.

Friday, Sept. 27 kicks off with a costume sale by The Grand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The theatre will also be presenting the Manhattan Shorts Film Festival beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be a high school football game at Ellsworth High School, where students from Ellsworth and Sumner square off against students from Orono.

But when the weekend hits, the fun really starts to kick into high gear. The 30th Annual Car Show goes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

'Up to 300 cars are going to show. We're not only going to have classic cars, we'll also have the Shriner's Nascar Unit. The Ellsworth Fire Department has a touch a truck and we got a phone call from the Air Natational Guard who asked if we'd like them to bring down some vehicles,' said Gretchen Wilson, the community manager for the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. 'They're going to bring down an armored Humvee, a satellite communication vehicle for touching and tours.'

After the show, the cars will cruise from the Home Depot through the down town area.

Around 11 a.m. events will start happening at the waterfront and include the famous Chowderfest, where local chefs compete for the perpetual trophy and the honor of being awesome. The celebrity judges include Astronaut Rick Hauck and Senator Brian Langley. Admission is $5, and it runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be Union River Scenic Boat Rides offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at 2 p.m. is the Noontime Rotary's Rubber Ducky Race with a chance to win $1,000 if your ducky places first.

Speaking of contests, there is a Jumbo Jackpot in the works with raffle tickets going for $5 apiece or five for $20 with a chance to win the $5,000 jackpot. The drawing will be held at the Mill Mall on 3 p.m.

Also at the Mill Mall is a plethora of family-oriented events, including a Chinese auction, 4H petting zoo, a caricature artist, hay rides, a monster truck not to mention the food and craft vendors, all from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

'This year has been one big party since July,' said Wilson. 'It's just a great community. When there is a community event the whole community gets involved. We have a community that grabs a hold of something and really dives in. They say, What can I do? What can we do? What part of this can we play?' It makes your job easy and makes it fun when you do an event.'

There is more planned than can fit in one article. For a complete listing of events, visit www.EllsworthChamber.org or call the Chamber of Commerce at 667-5584.

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