Bucksport Community Races to the Grave During Town’s Annual Ghostport Events
A coffin is usually a person’s final resting place, but on Sunday folks in Bucksport weren’t resting, they were racing.”You have one person in the coffin, four people pushing the coffin,” explained Bucksport resident Jessica Arsenault.To compete in the “Jonathan Buck Race to the Grave” that’s really all you need. Though most teams chose to get a little more creative than that.Arsenault, representing Team “Zombie Family Affair” said, “It’s just fun to dress up and get into the spirit of Halloween, because who doesn’t like Halloween?”.Arsenault and her family team won a special award for their spooky costumes. Meantime, Belle Ryder of Bucksport and her team, made up of members of a local running club, won second place for their speed. “We figure that we would have had them if we had to do another heat. We’ve got endurance on our side,” said Ryder.Coffin races might not become an Olympic sport any time soon, but once a year, it’s a tradition in Bucksport. It’s one of more than a dozen events in the town’s Ghostport celebration.Ryder said, “It’s remarkably fun to push a coffin 150 feet down the road and then back again. Then the cheering crowds, the zombie in the coffin, it’s just a good time.”And it might be the only time you’ll ever want to be first in a race to the grave.