8th Annual Chili Competition

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The Fryeburg Fair is open, the morning air is refreshingly crisp and the leaves are turning all sorts of wonderful colors. That suggests that it is time to dust off your fall recipe books and get ready for Lovell’s Eighth Annual Chili Competition, The Battle of the Bowls!

This popular event will once again be held at the Center Lovell Fire House on Sunday November 8th from 12-2 pm. All proceeds from the day go to the Lovell Friends Helping Friends Emergency Fuel Fund. This program helps local residents who are in need of assistance with winter heating costs. Last year the Competition raised $1,100!

Residents and businesses throughout western Maine and Mount Washington Valley are invited to participate. There are two distinct categories: People’s Choice & Judges’ Favorites. All winners will receive a special award.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children for six and under. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, ice cream and a bake sale will also be available. For those unable to attend the Chili Competition but would like to support the program, personal donations may be sent to Friends Helping Friends, Town of Lovell, PO Box 236, Center Lovell, ME 04016.

Plenty of time to jazz up your favorite chili dish (here is one I saw in the New York Times recently) and create a nice table display. A side of cornbread or chips doesn’t hurt, either! The Patriots play the Redskins at 1:00 that afternoon. Set your DVD recorder and watch the game after the fun — I promise not to tell you the score.

2015 Chili Competition Registration Form                  2015 Chili Competition Flyer

Some photos from 2014:


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I so appreciate everyone who plants sunflowers in their yards and gardens. There is nothing prettier than seeing rows of the giant plants stretching towards the sun as you drive around town. Not only is the sunflower attractive to look at, it is an important domestic crop and has nutritional benefits. Read all about the plant and its history at the National Sunflower Association.

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2015 New England Patriots Schedule Magnets

IMG_1091As we head into September, the baseball season is winding down and the Orioles look like they are about to join the Red Sox at the bottom of the division. Time to look forward to fall and the return of the NFL.

The 2015 edition of the New England Patriots‘ Schedule magnets have arrived. Please stop in at the office to get your schedule or send me an email at stan@fairpoint.net and I will drop one in the mail to you.

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Fresh Corn

DSCF8713Some years it seems to take forever for the local corn and then the season is over in a flash. Right now, the corn is absolutely perfect. No butter, pepper or salt necessary. The best place in town is the “Sweet Kid’s Corn” stand on the eastern side of Route 5 across from the golf course.

And if you haven’t already tried this, cook your corn in the microwave. Quick, easy, steaming hot when finished and done perfectly. Click here for the simple steps.

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Lovell’s Super Saturday

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DSCF9028DSCF9021Be prepared to have a fun day in Lovell this Saturday, August 15th and support two local institutions!

The day starts at 9 am with the 40th Annual Lovell Arts and Artisans at the New Suncook School on Route 5. Every exhibitor’s wares are reviewed by a jury so the quality of the merchandise is high. A number of new artisans will be at the show this year joining returning favorites from previous fairs. Be sure to enjoy some wonderful homemade lunches and desserts, the popular used book sale and don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance to win one of ten prizes donated by the artists. Admission is free and the event is held rain or shine! All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library.

After a swim in the lake and a quick nap, satisfy your hunger with a delicious Chicken BBQ meal at the Center Lovell Fire House. From 4-7, the Fire Department will be serving barbecued chicken, fresh corn on the cob, salads, watermelon and ice cream! Enjoy your meal inside or outside or take it to go. A great bargain for only $9. Stop in and support the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department!

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2015 Tour de Lovell Photos



All Photos Courtesy of Wayne Rivet, “The Bridgton News”

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