A new category has been added to the Sept. 4 Medomak Valley Land Trust River Festival vegetable contest: the longest bean. Other categories, previously announced, are the biggest zucchini, the most beautiful vegetable, the ugliest vegetable, and the funniest vegetable. All vegetables must be grown by the exhibitor, be in their natural state, and no make-up is allowed. Gardeners may enter as many vegetables as they like.

Vegetables may be brought to the River Festival, which takes place in the village parking lot behind Waltz’s pharmacy in Waldoboro, between 10 and 11 a.m. on Sept. 4. Winners will be announced during the festival and entries may be picked up at 3 p.m. that day or at the MVLT office on Monday.

A 5K road race will kick off the festival, which features a clam and bratwurst cookout, music by Midcoast Maine’s own steel drum band, Steelin’ Thunder, and Waldoboro’s Ale House String Band, boat building, a critter corner and touch tank for kids, and farmers, artisans, and conservation groups from throughout the Medomak River watershed

River Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 5K race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Admission to the festival is free.

To volunteer, or for event details, visit medomakvalley.org or call MVLT at 832-5570. Medomak Valley Land Trust was established in 1991 to preserve and promote the natural, recreational, and scenic character and traditional land uses of the Medomak River watershed for the benefit of the Medomak Valley and Muscongus Bay community.