Among the glorious fun and foolery coming up this Columbus Day weekend 2018 in New England is the Fall Festival and North American Wife-Carrying Championships October 6-7 at Sunday River ski area in Newry, Maine. Map.
The Wife-Carrying Championship on Saturday at South Ridge is possibly the most outrageous event of a weekend that also includes a wine tent and live music Saturday afternoon by Harsh Armadillo and Roots of Creation Greatful Dub Tour. On Sunday, Bloody Mary tent, arts and crafts fest, corn hole championship and live music by OC and the Offbeats and Chris Ross and the North. All weekend: skydiving, mountain park rides, wagon rides.
The Wife-Carrying event is a Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. Yep, people do this, to great cheers and fanfare. The videos are hilarious. See the Estonia Carry and more techniques!
(Sorry, all competitor slots in the 2018 championship are now filled up. Try again in 2019!) — Photos courtesy of Sunday River Resort