BANGOR – Dozens and dozens of vendors opened their booths Saturday morning for the start of the Maine Harvest Festival.
Now in its eighth year, the event at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center features goods from small businesses all across the state.
One of the businesses present for the weekend is Maine Alpaca Experience. They’re selling clothes, yarn, and pretty much everything except the alpaca, which they keep forty of on their Unity farm. They said its one of the biggest vendor shows they do.
“We’re shopping for holidays at these booths here,” said Corry Pratt, the co-owner of Maine Alpaca Experience. “It’s a wonderful event showcasing Maine and all that we can do.”
Event organizers said they expect about 8,500 people to come through the festival, looking for everything from mustard, to hand-crafted furniture.
The Carpenter’s Workshop, out of Dover-Foxcroft, is a family business that uses local woods to make their craft.
“Family businesses are becoming a scarce thing and we like to see that continuing,” said Beth Carpenter, the co-owner of The Carpenter’s Workshop. “We have other vendors come and purchase our things. And we do the same with them.”
Some of the younger attendees told our news crew they were there to try new foods. Many of the vendors are selling food and drinks.
Down from Fort Kent, the Bouchards sell their own ploye mix – a kind of French Acadian bread used to make pancakes, among other things. They grow the buckwheat for the flour on their family farm.
“We don’t get much vacation time, so this is a good little vacation for us,” joked Joe Bouchard, a co-owner of Bouchard Family Farm.
“It’s just a fun show to do, you get a lot of local people,” said Janice Bouchard, also a co-owner.
The Maine Harvest Festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets can be bought at the door. They’re $8 for general admission. Kids age 12 and under get in for free.