Volunteers will gather in Acadia National Park on Saturday to rake and clear debris from the historic Carriage Roads.

It takes nearly 500 people to assist in readying the carriage roads for winter. Leaves have to be raked and removed, and drainage ditches cleared before the truly cold weather arrives. This is the 27th year for the Take Pride In Acadia Day that works to protect the historic roads from damage that could be caused by the freeze-and-thaw cycles of a coastal Maine winter.

Volunteers will meet at Park Headquarters on the Eagle Lake Road in Bar Harbor at 8 a.m. Saturday, and work until noon. It's important to dress for the weather, in outdoor work clothes. All the tools and work gloves will be provided.

Once the job is completed, crews will return to headquarters for the event's traditional CCC lunch. That stands for Chili, Cornbread, and Cider. And, for dessert, a surprise 'C' in the form of cake.

Pre-registration is required and can be done online, or by contacting Dana Petersen at dana@friendsofacadia.org.