NEWRY — Revelers converging on Sunday River Ski Resort this weekend will find that the warm weather has not affected the Parrot Head Festival’s skiing events.
Darcy Liberty, communications director at the resort, said there is still a snow pack on the mountain from the snow-making efforts over the winter. She said about 60 trails are still passable, with an additional 10 to 20 expected to open over the weekend.
Liberty said the annual festival raises about $6,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It begins at 3 p.m. on Friday with music at the Foggy Goggle and runs through Sunday afternoon. The Bust ‘n’ Burn amateur moguls competition runs alongside the festival Saturday and Sunday on Monday Mourning Trail.
A pond-skimming event at White Cap will still take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. at the White Cap Lodge.
A lineup of several Jimmy Buffet cover bands and other live music begins at 8 p.m. Friday at the Foggy Goggle. Other bands will play throughout the day on Saturday at the White Cap base, with festivities moving to the South Ridge Base Lodge at 8 p.m. for more performances and fireworks.
Several contests will take place on Saturday afternoon at White Cap. At 1 p.m., creative contestants will have 15 minutes to carve a sculpture out of two cans of Spam. A margarita mix-off will take place at 3 p.m., with samples available for $1 apiece. Judges will roam the grounds throughout the day to determine the best costumes at the event.
More musical performances will take place during the morning and afternoon on Sunday. The festival concludes at 1 p.m. with a key lime pie eating contest.
For more information, visit sundayriver.com.