It’s easy to see why the Skowhegan area is truly, “A Place to Watch”.
October is a beautiful month in the Skowhegan area, and it is full of bright colors and lots to do with families and friends. Of course the fall sports season is in full swing and many of our local teams from Skowhegan Area High School, Madison Area Memorial High School and Carrabec High School are some of the most accomplished teams in the state. Outside there are plenty of activities such as apple picking opportunities at places like Cayford Orchards, hiking on the local trails and at Lake George Regional Park and many locals begin scouting for hunting season in the Maine woods.
It’s also the time of year for one of the largest fall seasonal events in Central Maine, the SACC Haunted Hayrides 2014 on October 24 & 25 from 6pm to 10pm. Held annually over two nights at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, the hayrides offer a unique Halloween-themed adventure for families of all sizes. Averaging between 400 – 700 riders per night, the event has grown by leaps and bounds in the past five years. Volunteers are still welcome to join to set up a scary scene, and there are five cash prizes awarded based on the voting of the public. This ride has two main priorities though: to be as scary as possible but also being as safe as possible. Due to that there is a strict age limit, so the Haunted Hayrides are for riders 5 and up. The cost is still what it has always been, a tag line for us of sorts, “Only $5 per head, headless people ride for free.” That is not to say every person that goes on the ride will be equipped for it It. Is. Scary. Make no mistake, we want you to get your $5 worth again and again.
With that, there are a few safety precautions you should know. Riders are asked to stay seated during the ride, except when boarding and unloading. The ride is on level ground being pulled by pickup trucks that are all inspected and average no more than 5 mph. The performers are instructed not to touch riders and we ask that riders do the same. This is intended to scare young adults and adults but some younger kids are equipped to handle it. Parents tend to know their children the best we leave that to you assuming they are 5 years old or more. There are 6-year olds who handle it and think it’s funny or fun, and we have 46-year olds who can’t make it the whole way through. There are serious health concerns for some riders that may arise from the use of strobe lights, extremely loud noises and intentional misdirection which will all be utilized– if you cannot handle these please do not ride. Beyond that people with phobias should be prepared for any, or many, of the following: zombies, snakes, spiders, chainsaw-wielding psychopaths, witches, werewolves, ghosts, various degrees of torture and execution, skull-crushing serial killers, toys that come to life and of course clowns– or rather klowns. There will be a “Light Ride” from 6:00pm to 6:45pm on Saturday, October 25 which is a toned down version of the ride for those that may not be able to handle the entire experience. The age limit of 5 and up is still in effect for the Light Ride. For more information on the Haunted Hayrides event, or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact our office. Thank you to this year’s sponsors: Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union, Franklin Savings Bank, MaineGeneral Homecare & Hospice, Wireless Zone your premium Verizon retailer, Skowhegan State Fair & Kevin Couture Photography.
5% of ticket sales for the Haunted Hayrides will go towards the Cassidy Charette Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to discover and enjoy the delights of central Maine. The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is a vital part of our community, actively supporting the commercial, industrial and civic interest of the Town of Skowhegan and the surrounding communities. As an advocate for business, The Chamber helps members to grow and prosper through business exposure, marketing and networking opportunities. The Chamber serves as the voice for local industry, speaking up for business with the government leaders and providing services to promote local commerce. The Chamber takes an active role in the community as well, promoting events, planning activities and coordinating the talents of local business people with issues from economic development to tourism. Whether you’re here to visit or here to stay, the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be at your service.
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce shall promote the business, commercial, manufacturing, and civic interests of the greater Skowhegan Area, striving to make it a prosperous place in which to live.
Get your very own Skowhegan Indian!
The Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new fundraising partnership featuring the work of local whittler, Sharon Kimball. The artistry is amazing as Sharon has created three pieces of art for the Skowhegan-lover in your family. The three pieces are various-sized depictions of Bernard Langlais’ iconic masterwork, The Skowhegan Indian. Sharon has created three sized works to scale including a …17-inch, an 11-inch and a 4-inch ornament-sized Indian. The proceeds from the sales of these statues will go towards an evolving maintenance and stewardship account for the Indian to beautify the statue, the area around it and for continued maintenance through the years. Each piece is hand-whittled and unique to the owner of that piece. There is nothing like it around.
The Statues are available through the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce (we are temporarily located at 60 water street). Call or come by anytime to order yours.
Statues will be available for order at the Skowhegan Celebration of the Arts on September 13, 2014.
We have some on hand and if they need to be ordered the orders are delivered as recieved in a first come first served fashion . As they are hand whittled, there is no automatic production, but the wait is well worth it.
The 17-inch statue price $75
The 11-inch statue price $35
The 4-inch ornament price $10
Don’t miss your chance! To order call 474‑3621 or visit Cory at the Skowhegan Chamber in the municipal parking lot.
In an effort to let businesses and individuals know where they can find support in registering for the new Health Insurance Marketplace we have created this resource list of local contacts ready to help those in our service area
HealthReach Community Health Centers
HealthReach Community Health Centers has four Certified Application Counselors who are trained to assist the public with information and enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace. People without health insurance and those who want to explore new options in Maine will be able to review choices. They will learn if they are eligible for lower costs, compare coverage options side-by-side, and enroll with the help of Certified Application Counselors. They offer unbiased, factual information to help you decide if the Marketplace plans are right for you. HealthReach Community Health Centers is comprised of 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine located in Albion, Bingham, Belgrade, Bethel, Coopers Mills, Kingfield, Livermore Falls, Madison, Rangeley, Richmond and Strong. Established patients as well as the general public may make an appointment at a health center close-to-home for assistance with Marketplace information and registration.