DOVER-FOXCROFT - Whoopie pies and Mainers go hand in hand.
"The Whoopie Pie is such a Maine thing that we all love and I think this festival is just a way to celebrate," said Whoopie Pie Festival Organizer Patrick Myers. This is the Fifth Annual Whoopie Pie Festival. Origins of the treat can be traced as far back as 1925, but it took an epiphany to create the festival. "It occurred to us that there wasn't a Whoopie Festival in Maine and that was a travesty," said Myers.
It began as a fundraiser for the Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft. Last year over 6,000 people came and it's turned into an all day event filled with music and art. It begins with a 3k race, followed by eating contests and a people's choice for best whoopie pie at the end. Meyers said, "We've got downtown (Dover-Foxcroft) full of artists, crafters and vendors. In the Whoopie zone, we've got dozens of bakers bringing probably over 20,000 whoopie pies that need to be consumed."
Bakers will sample these desserts for 25 cents apiece. "Just looking forward to a good weekend having all of our friends show up," said Old Town Governor's Chef Avery Sawyer. Each baker will offer several types of the Maine delicacy. "We'll be serving regular, peanut butter, bourbon chocolate, pina colada, maple bacon and chocolate cherry." While all will vary in size, Governor's makes theirs larger than life. Sawyer said, "That's just the way we do it. Go big or go home." Most will go home, smiles on faces and bellies full.
Patrick is a Southern boy at heart and was raised in Gadsden, Alabama, an hour northeast of Birmingham, AL. He is a General Assignment Reporter for ABC 7/FOX 22, having joined the news team in March 2014 and has a passion for getting to know the issues that affect the lives of Bangor and Maine residents. He is from small town America too so don’t be afraid to approach him with story ideas and questions. His passion for Broadcast News began at a young age and is now living out his dream.
He is not a stranger to the northeast! He graduated from Boston University’s Masters Program in Broadcast Journalism in December. During his time at BU, he did everything from doing Play-by-Play for Women’s Hockey games to reporting on the Boston Marathon Bombings and the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Assassination. Patrick held internships with Newton News, ABC 33/40 in Birmingham, AL and Comcast Sportsnet New England. He was voted Best Newcomer to WTBU Sports and was the budget editor for a student run news site called Boston University News Service that won two awards from the Online News Association for their Marathon Bombing Coverage.
Before attending Boston University, Patrick attended Birmingham-Southern College where he played four years of college football. In his free time, he loves to exercise and is a football fanatic. He loves his Auburn Tigers football! War Eagle!!! He also loves the Atlanta Braves. If you ever see him out in Bangor, feel free to ask him about football strategy. He loves talking X’s and O’s.