PROVINCTOWN — The town is gearing up for the 35th annual Provincetown and Outer Cape Year Rounders Festival to be held March 14 at town hall at 260 Commercial St.
This year’s festival will revive traditions and introduce new events, according to Penny Sutter, the organizer of the festival who has run it for two years.
With so much in store, the Banner rounded up 10 things you can expect including food, art, entertainment and more.
1. Pie eating and baking contest
This year’s festival happened to fall on 3/14, or Pi Day. Because of that, Sutter couldn’t resist the opportunity to add a pie eating and a pie baking contest.
Pie bakers will be judged by a panel of experts. However, the eating contest sounds funnier. Contestants will eat three (small) store-bought pies piled high with whipped cream. They will wear a poncho and a shower cap as they try to beat their competitors. Certificates will be issued for participation.
2. Pet parade
As always, the beloved pet parade will take place right through the center of the action. Awards are given to the best pets, which is not limited to dogs and last year included a chicken.
“People won’t be disappointed if they enter the contest,” Sutter said.
3. Plenty of local entertainment
For the first year ever, the Sunday choir at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown and the ukulele club Grace Notes from the Council on Aging will perform, both directed by Mary Abt, the retired performing arts instructor from Provincetown Schools.
The choir will perform 15 minutes worth of songs “appropriate for year rounders” such as “Here’s My Home,” Abt said. The Grace Notes will play ukeleles and sing favorite songs such as “You Are My Sunshine” and “Sweet Caroline.”
Abt is excited for both groups to show off their talent, and teach their neighbors about new opportunities for involvement around town.
“The heart of this community is all of these people that go beyond their comfort zones and put it out there,” Abt said. “It’s a really important part of every year that we celebrate the people who remain in town.”
4. Free dinner (!)
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be a totally free dinner for anyone made possible by at least 20 local restaurants and businesses who donate "unbelievable" amounts of food, Sutter said.
5. A huge amount of local artists
This year, the Year Rounders Festival will feature more than 20 artists and at least 30 exhibitors selling goods and showing the work they do in town. Artisans will be in the middle of the town hall auditorium, with the non-profit tables surrounding them.
“I kind of feel like that’s the way it really is,” Sutter said. “(The Outer Cape organizations) are surrounding and sort of hugging all the artists.”
6. Participation from non-profits across the Cape
Aside from artists, expect several tables by non-profits and government agencies like Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown Bicycle Committee, Cape Light Compact, Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, Homeless Prevention Council of Cape Cod, TedXProvincetown, Provincetown Council on Aging, Provincetown Health Department and more.
7. A few amazing raffles
There will be quite a few raffles at the festival boasting high-priced prizes. One raffle will be a dinner for four at Sal’s Place at 99 Commercial St. There's another jewelry raffle worth more than $100.
“It costs you like a buck to get a chance to win a dinner,” Sutter said. “It’s worth throwing your money in the pot.”
8. And a hefty silent auction
The festival has received more than 70 donations for its silent auction, with local businesses and restaurants offering a variety of gift certificates.
9. Special surprise guests
It's a secret. So you definitely will not want to miss it.
10. A chance to come together
Aside from all the events, it's a great opportunity for year rounders to come together and celebrate living in town.
“They’ve been locked up for too long and they need to come out,” Sutter said. “It celebrates being a part of a year-round community because we don’t have a lot of people that are year-rounders. We’ve become a different kind of community, so we celebrate ourselves.”