Bowfest's most famous race gets new life

And now kids can make like a slug and squirm their way to the finish line.

Crawl your way to fame!

This year’s Bowfest theme is farm and the Bowfest Country Fair tent is so thrilled that we are launching a new activity: human slug racing for kids. Watch for signs in the Bowfest games activity area to sign up for the new event: a chance for kids to don a slug sack and crawl their way to victory, the same way that the slugs do.

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There is just under a month to get ready for the traditional Bowfest Country Fair contests, and we’re bringing back many of the classics so you can be part of a Bowen tradition that goes back to the very first Bowfest. It’s free to enter the contests for youth and adults 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 21 at the Bowfest Country Fair tent. To participate in the classic slug race bring a well-treated live slug in a container to the race track and sign up for one of three races: 12 p.m., 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. You may also bring a bribe to place at the end of the track. No water-spray bottles and no snails allowed. The  annual Bowfest slug races have been been “running” since the very first Bowfest, and is part of the reason why Bo the banana slug is Bowfest’s mascot. It’s also a way to slow down to island time.

Other Country Fair contests with adult and youth prizes include: the biggest (heaviest) zucchini, best photo of a bee, best photo of a slug, tallest flower grown on Bowen (bring in the flower, or a photo with a tape measure in the photo) and best cookie baked on Bowen  (please include a list of ingredients).

Contests just for the youth (under 18) include best Lego design. You can design anything you want, just make sure you have a write up letting us know about your inspiration.

A mini farmers’ market sponsored by the Bowen Agricultural Alliance will also be at the Country Fair tent displaying items made, baked and grown on Bowen. 

Please contact for more information (put BOWFEST in the subject line), if you’d like to help out, or be a judge!

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