Autumn Gold Celebration in Ellsworth 

The gold flags are up, and they’re preparing for a celebration.Thursday marks the beginning of the annual Autumn Gold weekend in the Ellsworth area. It’s four days of free and low-cost community events.New this year: organizers have added a classic car cruise around downtown, right after the car show on Saturday.They’ve also added more boats for free rides along on the Union River.And this year’s chowderfest will be judged by nine special judges.Folks say it’s a nice time of year to bring everyone together. “People here are so excited and they’re all together as a community,” Said Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce member Micki Sumpter. “And we have so many tourists that come in just for this. So people just chat, enjoy each other, have fun.”Organizers are expecting a big year. Friday’s golf tournament is already sold out.They say if there’s rain some of the events will be moved inside.For a full schedule, you can log on to