NEWRY — Sunday River Ski Resort will host the 16th annual North American Wife Carrying Championship at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

It’s part of the resort’s annual Fall Festival, Director of Communications Sarah Devlin said. The festival runs from Oct. 9 to 11.

Fifty preregistered couples will traverse a 278-yard obstacle course made up of log hurdles, sand traps, and a water hazard known as the Widow Maker.

Sunday River employee Kathryn Castaldo said husbands must carry their wives on their back the entire race. The fastest two teams from the qualifying round compete against each other in a final round. The winning couple will receive the wife’s weight in beer, five times her weight in cash, and an entry into the World Championship in Finland the following summer.

Other events include a Kids Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest at 3 p.m. Saturday and the 32nd annual Blue Mountain Arts and Crafts Fair at the South Ridge Lodge.

The Pumpkin Pie Eating contest invites 10 children under the age of 14 to see who can eat a pumpkin pie the fastest. There is no entry fee for the contest.


The Fall Festival will also host the 2nd annual New England Corn Hole Championship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11.

Other events are:

* Wine tent on the patio of South Ridge, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

* Sunday Bloody Sunday tent, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11

* Scenic chairlift rides on the chondola, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday throughout Sunday.

* Children’s games and pony rides by the Lewiston High School swim team, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit the events page at

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