Thousands of Mainers are expected to celebrate a festival dedicated to the state's official treat: the whoopie pie.
This weekend marks the 10th Annual Whoopie Pie Festival, which features a whoopie pie eating contest and a judged competition for bakers to create their own concoctions.
As many as 8,000 people are expected to attend the festival in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.
Jennifer Ellsey, from Tobey’s Grocery in South China, and Meghan Olcott, who owns Creamed Baking Co. in downtown Wiscasset, will each be making their Whoopie Pie Festival debut.
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Both women have spent a few days this week preparing, getting to work as early as 3:30 a.m. to make thousands of whoopie pies. The bakers have created pies in all flavors, including German chocolate, chocolate turtle, maple, and pina colada.
“I’ve been making about 500 a day,” said Olcott, who said she planned to bring about 1,500 whoopie pies to the event.
Meanwhile, Ellsey plans to bring bite-sized whoopie pies with a maple filling.
“I don’t get sick of them,” she said of the repetitive baking process.
She only relents that she doesn’t actually like eating whoopie pies herself.
“I’m not a big fan, but my son and my significant other are big on sweets," she said.
The day begins with a 3K race/walk and continues into the afternoon with live music and crafts and food from more than 100 vendors.