Chug Proper was judged to have the best overall full-length beard.ELLSWORTH — Chug Proper grew the bushiest beard and Jenn Robidoux had the biggest tree. The “Brothers of the Brush” beard growing and “Biggest Tree” contests were among the major attractions of the Ellsworth 250 celebration’s final day Saturday, July 27.

The Ellsworth Garden Club declared Robidoux the owner of the largest tree within the city limits. Robidoux’s white Pine has a 20-foot-4-inch circumference.

Robidoux donated the $250 grand prize back to the Garden Club.

The club held the competition to focus on the city’s past during the Ellsworth 250 celebration.

“We wanted to highlight the oldest citizens in Ellsworth and the oldest residents are the trees,” said Biggest Tree Project Chairman Sally Cook. “If they could talk, they’d all have such amazing stories to tell.”

The project also recognized 13 other owners of extra-large trees. Those who were awarded first-place ribbons were Sarah and Roger Whitmore, white pine, 15 feet, North Street; Woodbine Cemetery, hemlock, 10 feet, 1 inch, North Main Street; Harry Jones, spruce Norway, 9 feet, 7 inches, Central Street; Jean LeBoucher, red maple, 13 feet, 6 inches; Steve Ciciotte, 16 feet, 6 inches, Maple and Lowell streets; Woodbine Cemetery, paper birch, 7 feet, 10 inches, North Main Street; Sharon O’Halloran and Paul Allen, beech, 6 feet, 6 inches, Mariaville Road; Woodlawn Museum, apple, 8 feet, 6 inches, North Main Street; Melissa Clark, American elm, 7 feet, 11 inches, Pine Street; Harry Jones, horse chestnut, 10 feet, 5 inches, Shore Road; Ruth Foster, linden, 9 feet, 5 inches, State Street; Dan Sargent, ash, 7 feet, 8 inches, State Street; and Woodbine Cemetery, cedar, 10 feet, 5 inches, Fisk Lot.

In the “Brothers of the Brush” Chug Proper outgrew seven other competitors to claim the title. The judges awarded prizes in other categories: Andy Stevenson, Going from Nothing to a Full-beard; Manfred Eaton, Best Goatee; Irv Hodgkin, Most Creative; Frank Schweizer, Most Hair; and Larry Olson had the longest beard with a 14.5-inch growth.



Down East Family YMCA Fitness Director Robin Clarke leads a free community Zumba class Wednesday night.

Jennifer Fortier displays the city’s special birthday cake, which was served after opening ceremonies July 20.

Up in smoke! Peter Farragher, CEO of the Down East Family YMCA, mans the sausage grill at Saturday’s Rotary Blueberry Pancake Breakfast under the Wallace Tent at Knowlton Park.

The Ellsworth Concert Band rings in the city’s 250th birthday with a July 24 performance in front of City Hall.

These eight contestants, (from left) Manfred Eaton, Cliff Vaux, Andy Stevenson, Irv Hodgkin, Frank Schweizer, Jim Eaton, Chug Proper and Larry Olson, competed in the “Brothers of the Brush” contest as part of the Ellsworth 250 celebration. Hairbenders staff judged Proper as having the best overall full-length beard.

Got air? A flight crew fills the RE/MAX balloon at Knowlton Park Saturday morning. Free, tethered rides were provided all morning.

Raw sausages and the beer in which they will be boiled await the kitchen crew at Saturday’s pancake breakfast.

Plans for Ellsworth’s next historic celebration — in 50 years — are under way. Pictured here are the members of the “Framing Committee for the Tricentennial.” The kids (from left) are Benton Bird, Baylis Eggleston, MacKenzie Hunt and Braelynn Bird. They were named to the ceremonial positions during the Ellsworth 250 closing ceremony on July 27 outside of the City Hall.

Gemma Nischan, 2, of Ellsworth enjoys the sights on the Union River last Thursday. Free boat rides were among the features during last week’s celebration.