PITTSFIELD – The Kiwanis Karnival in Pittsfield is underway and community members are getting “egg-cited.”
For 45 years, people have traveled to Central Maine to the small town of Pittsfield. It’s not just the town’s beauty or rich history that’s attracting thousands to the area, it’s their Annual Egg Festival.
“A festival is a place where people can go with a minimum of dollars and have a good time,” said Sumner “Doug” Jones, “Bring the whole family and have a good time.”
The town used to thrive on the brown egg industry. Unfortunately, much like many vital jobs in the state, it slowly faded away. But that’s not stopping the town from throwing it’s largest event. Some of those who helped kick off the event 45 years ago are still volunteering their time and years later are still bringing theirs kids to do the same. If it’s not “Egglympics”, it’s the Early Bird Breakfast that’s getting people “egg-static”. While many of the traditions have since discontinued, the Central Maine Egg Festival continues to tie the old with the new.
“It’s awesome,” said, Steve Cianchette, the president of the festival, “Some of my fondest memories.”
But one thing for certain, it continues to bring families together.
“It really became a focal point for families to come to Pittsfield because so many kids had the memory of the carnival,” said Scott Jones, the son of Sumner.