The 2017 Moxie Festival made the theme announce on November 11, 2016, Veterans Day during a live video via facebook. Theme winners were Dawn Hartill of Lewiston and Hilary Emery of Millinocket.
Dawn is a mom of 3 teenage boys who love to drink Moxie as well as their whole family attends the festival each year. Because of their love for Moxie, Dawn had competed in the Moxie Recipe contest for many years. Dawn won first place in 2015 for her Moxie Candied Bacon Cheeseball.
Dawn entered the Moxie Theme contest this year because she excited of the idea of honoring the men and women of the military.
Hilary is a veteran of the US Army, a mom to 7 year old, a social worker by day and a small business owner in her “spare time”! Hilary entered the contest because her little brother was a huge Moxie fan! He was a great baseball player and wore #17 on his jersey. So when the contest for ’17 was announced as well as paying tribute to the military, she thought she should enter in his honor.family sees Moxie, they think of him. The deadline was on his birthday! Blair used to ask her to bring him Moxie whenever she went to visit him – a little taste of home! He enjoyed getting his friends to try it too! Blair was killed in action on November 30, 2007 so when the family sees Moxie, they think of him.