MILBRIDGE (AP) – The annual Cod Fish Races in coastal Maine were disrupted when police say alcohol-fueled fighting led to a brawl involving up to 60 people, sending two to the hospital.

State Police Trooper Barry Curtis says Saturday’s melee in Milbridge stemmed from a dispute earlier in the afternoon over someone’s driving.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Town Manager Lewis Pinkham – also the police chief – and another person were treated for minor injuries.

One person was charged with assault and three others were issued disorderly conduct summonses.

The races are part of the Milbridge Days town birthday party. Teams dressed in firefighters’ gear run across a baseball field, clenching a greased, dead, 20-pound cod, and get sprayed with hoses.


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