Central Maine Egg Festival

Central Maine Egg Festival

Fourth Saturday in July
This one-day event in Pittsfield, Maine, was started in 1972 by two journalists who were tired of hearing about their state's potato crop and wanted to focus attention on central Maine's egg and chicken industry. Today its primary attraction is the world's largest skillet—a 300-pound teflon-coated frying pan, five feet in diameter, that is used to cook more than 4,000 eggs for those attending the festival breakfast. The giant skillet, designed and donated by the Alcoa Corporation, is stored in an airplane hangar.
A festival highlight in years past was the World's Largest Egg Contest, in which only chicken eggs could be entered. Since entries came from all over the world, special tests often were conducted to reveal imposters. The winning egg was plated with gold. Other events include an "Egglympics," a chicken barbecue, a street dance, and fireworks.
CONTACTS:
Central Maine Egg Festival Committee
P.O. Box 82
Pittsfield, ME 04969
207-257-4209
eggfestcraftah.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 77
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