The Central Maine Egg Festival, a celebration of locally grown eggs, is expected to draw between 20,000 and 30,000 people to events scheduled throughout the week in Pittsfield.

The theme of this year’s festival, which is in its 42nd year, is Eggwareness — Support Your Favorite Cause. It runs through Saturday.

“The egg industry in Pittsfield has historically been a very big industry,” said Steve McCarron, president of the board of directors of the Central Maine Egg Festival. “Now it is more a celebration of the history and heritage of the town.”

The theme manifests itself in a number of ways, including in sidewalk and window painting contests and floats that will be seen in a parade running from Somerset Avenue onto Main Street and ending in Monson Park on Saturday.

“The theme every year incorporates eggs and this year we are asking people to support their favorite causes. I anticipate to see many different causes,” said McCarron.

Other events include a cheescake and quiche contest; dog costume contest; an Egg-Lympics, including egg toss, rubber chicken throw and wheelbarrow race; and an egg art contest.

For more information visit the festival website at or contact Angela Brunette at 487-1642 or [email protected]

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