Fall Festival

« All Events October 11, 2014 - October 12, 2014


Come and celebrate the end of summer with live music, the always entertaining 15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship, the 31st Annual Blue Mountain Arts & Crafts Fair, and a full array of activities for the whole family.

Wife Carrying15th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship
11 a.m. on Saturday, October 11

This event continues to draw thousands of spectators to the slopes of Sunday River to watch 50 teams of two compete in this Finnish-style race for the grand prize of the wife's weight in beer, plus five times her weight in cash. A fun event for the whole family. Click here for more information.  A few team spots have opened up. Interested in joining us for this event? Email Brad Darby at bdarby@sundayriver.com. 

Kids' Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
3 p.m. on Saturday, October 11

Fall Festival is all about welcoming in the new season.  What better way than with Pumpkin Pie? There is already plenty planned for Mom and Dad, which is why this timed pie eating contest is for kids only! Between live performances from Tomorrow Morning and Gang of Thieves, 10 contestants will line up on stage to see who can eat their pumpkin pie the fastest - without hands or silverware. We call this a contest, but honestly, when pie is involved, nobody loses. Kids may sign up at the event on Saturday afternoon. Entry is free.

New England Corn Hole Championship
10 a.m. on Sunday, October 12

Grab a partner and start practicing now because $500 is up for grabs on Sunday, along with the title of first-ever New England Corn Hole Champion. Live music, BBQs, and a beer tent will accompany the action. Learn more.

Craft Fair31st Annual Blue Mountain Arts and Craft Fair
Saturday, October 11 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, October 12 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Regional artists and artisans exhibit paintings, fine jewelry, pottery, woodworking, photography, and more! Over 40 exhibitors will be located throughout the South Ridge Lodge. 

Free Outdoor Concerts

Saturday 1-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

What better way to spend a fall day than jamming out to some of New England's most popular bands? Detailed lineup to Free Concertsbe announced soon.

Saturday: Tomorrow Morning and Gang of Thieves

Tomorrow Morning is a central Maine band known for mass-appeal, original music and creative renditions of popular covers. The band was founded by Adam Babcock, the singer/songwriter, when he decided to take his original music to the stage. Adam is known for catchy music and clever wordplay that keep listeners entertained all day long. Tomorrow Morning is becoming known for studio quality live performances and keeping New England dancing every weekend.

Gang of Thieves is stealing back the spirit of American rock n' roll! These legendary Vermont Rockers bring the funky fury of the northeast with them wherever they go. A national touring act, Gang of Thieves is coming to you live in support of their NEW ALBUM: Gang of ThievesTHUNDERFUNK, recorded in Berkeley, California with Grammy Award-winning engineer Michael Rosen (Santana, Rancid, Less than Jake). The Gang was also recently nominated for "Rock Act of the Year" by the 2013 New England Music Awards and Best Funk Group by the 7 Days "Seven Daysies" contest. Gang of Thieves' sound and energy is a cross between Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a funky blast of Green Mountain soul thrown in the mix.

Sunday: The Pete Kilpatrick Band and The Mallet Brothers Band

Pete Kilpatrick hails from the music mecca of the northeast, Portland, Maine. He has been writing, Pete Kilpatrick Bandrecording, and performing regularly since 2002 and has released six independent albums to date, including the most recent, Heavy Fire (2012). Pete has been named Maine's best act four times in the Portland Best Music Awards and has performed over 1,200 shows since he began his career, sharing the stage with such notable acts as Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, Guster, Amos Lee, Matisyahu, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Brett Dennen, The Wailers, Dawes, Blues Traveler, and DJ Logic, among countless others.

The Mallett Brothers Band is a nationally touring alt-country/rock band from Maine. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk, harder rock, punk, and psychedelic sounds. Led by The Mallet Brothers Bandbrothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but it's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. 


Wine Tent
Saturday, Noon- 4 p.m.

 If you're looking to sample some of the best wines paired with delicate offerings, then head to the Wine Tent on the patio of South Ridge. One cost will get you an Wine Tent etched Sunday River logoed wine glass, samples, and amazing appetizers, such as lobster artichoke dip, duck liver pate, a crudité display, and more. Featured wines will be Palm Bay International, Deutsch Family Wines, Vias Imports LTD, and Honig Vineyards.
~ Entrance to tent plus a Sunday River etched wine glass and three samples: $25
~ Three samples: $12
~ Five samples: $18
~ Wine by glass: $9

'Sunday Bloody Sunday' Tent
Sunday, 10am-2pm

One tent on Sunday will be dedicated to everything Bloody Mary. We provide the vodka and tomato juice, you choose from over 25 fixings such as a variety of seasonings, assorted olives, oysters-in-the-half-shell, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, bacon, assorted olives and much more. 
~ Entrance to tent and first Bloody Mary with full access to the topping bar including oyster & shrimp bar: $15
~ Additional Bloody Mary's with full access to the topping bar including oyster & shrimp bar: $10

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Friday - Monday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Ride the Chondola up to the Peak Lodge for the best view of fall in the Mahoosuc Mountains.  2014-2015 Season Pass Holders ride for free (as always). For others, it's only $15 per adult, $10 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. 

Scenic Lift Ride Mountaintop Christain Worship Service
Sunday, 10 a.m. 

Attend a Christain Worship Service at the Peak Lodge, presented by Reverand Don Coverdale. Boarding the Chondola begins at 9:30 a.m.

Sunday River Sports Pre-Season Sale
Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Find great buys on demo equipment, apparel, and this season's newest gear. Located at the Discovery Center in South Ridge Lodge.

Zipline Kids Games and Pony Rides
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Back by popular demand! The Lewiston Swim Team has created these carnival-like games that kids flock to year after year. Add pony rides, face painting, and a bounce  house, and you've got a winning formula for happy kids!

Free Wagon Rides
Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Come meet Belgian draft horses Ben and Bill and nestle in for a free wagon ride around scenic Sunday River. Butch and Becky from Meadow Creek Farm have been coming to Sunday River for years offering this unique experience to all ages.


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