Envisioning Whoopie Pie of the Future

Jun 11, 2017
Camden Hills Regional High School student Jesse Bifulco’s “The Whoopinator” is a finalist in the Whoopie Pie of the Future art contest.

A Camden Hills Regional High School artist is among the five finalists for the Maine State Museum, Center Theatre and Maine Whoopie Pie Festival’s inaugural Whoopie Pie of the Future student art contest.

The contest, open to fifth through 12th graders all across Maine, asked students “What will the Whoopie Pie look like in 2117?” Five finalists were selected based on their submissions’ creativity, originality and artistic skill; and the clarity of their written description.

The winning entries are: Jesse Bifulco of Camden Hills, “The Whoopinator”; Rya Morrill of Bangor High School, “No Un-artificial Sweeteners”; Haley Nelson of Scarborough High School, “Whoopie Pie of The Future”; Jayda Rhoades of Warsaw Middle School, “The Epic Shake”; and Kearson Sutton of Foxcroft Academy, “Evil Whoopie Pies From Space!”

The public is invited to vote for their favorite piece of art by visiting mainewhoopiepiefestival.com and clicking on the Whoopie Pie of the Future page. Visitors can vote once per day through midnight, July 7. Voting in person is possible at the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival in Dover-Foxcroft Saturday, June 24; and at a special exhibit at the Maine State Museum starting July 11.

The contest winner will be announced at a Free Family Saturday at the Maine State Museum, July 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re thrilled at the pieces that made it to the final round,” said Patrick Myers, executive director of the Center Theatre and organizer of the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival. “We hope that people across the state, the country and the world will vote for their favorite.”

The Maine Whoopie Pie Festival celebrates the taste of Maine’s Official State Treat, the Whoopie Pie. Located in downtown Dover-Foxcroft, it happens every year on the fourth Saturday in June and is hosted by the Center Theatre. Proceeds from the festival go to support the Center Theatre’s mission of bringing affordable arts, culture and entertainment to Piscataquis County.

The Maine State Museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays at 230 State St. in the Capitol Complex. For more information, visit mainestatemuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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