Pie-eating and pig-rounding at Union Fair
Union — Union Fair kicked off Aug. 17 for the 144th year; Sunday featured some long-standing favorite events including the blueberry pie-eating contest and the pig scramble for 7-and 8-year-olds.
Children from the area as well as several other states participated in both events.
Those accepting the challenge of eating as much blueberry pie as they could in three minutes were delivered — each carrying their own pie — on a trailer to the stage in front of 2012 Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Queen Abigail Royer. Of nearly a dozen entrants, Alex Cheney of Pennsylvania was named winner of the pie-eating contest, with Jed Salvatore of Norway, Maine, taking second place and Grace Goodwin, no town given, capturing third place.
Nearly a dozen children's names were drawn for the pig scramble Sunday afternoon. Squeals echoed through the pulling ring, emanating from both the trying-to-escape pigs as well as the trying-to-capture children. After about 20 minutes, the pigs all were bagged and numbered for transport home with the winners. Participants hailed from Lincolnville, Delaware, Washington, Starks, South China, Waldoboro, Albion, Warren and Winthrop. Organizers read off names after drawing contestants names but no list was kept to verify spelling — Zoe O'Brien, Faith Mitchell, Brody Vigue, Cole Martin, Justin Reed, Aaron Reed, Anthony, Dan, Kevin, David Pushaw and Brandon Kelsey.
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.
Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.
Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.
Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.