A scene from the 2010 Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (file photo: Sunday River)

National Wife Carrying Championship Returns to Maine’s Sunday River

Newry, ME – The North American Wife Carrying Championship returns to Sunday River in Maine for its 17th year as part of the ski resort’s annual Fall Festival Weekend, Oct. 8­–10.

Kicking off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 50 pre-registered couples will test their wife-carrying skills on a 278-yard alpine obstacle course in an attempt to win their wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.

A scene from the 2010 Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (file photo: Sunday River)
A scene from the 2010 Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. (file photo: Sunday River)

Showcased on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly, and featuring such celebrities as The Travel Channel’s Bert the Conqueror, this event has been the subject of multiple Associated Press and Reuters photo anthologies, and has attracted competitors, spectators, and press from around the world.

Part of Sunday River’s Fall Festival Weekend, spectators can also take advantage of lodging packages that start at $99 and a full schedule of events, including:

Saturday, October 8
11AM 17th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship
9AM-5PM 33rd Annual Blue Mountain Craft Fair
12PM-3PM Wine Tasting Tent*
1PM-5PM Live Music from the Ghost of Paul Revere and Jason Spooner
3PM Kid’s Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

Sunday, October 9
9AM-3PM 33rd Annual Blue Mountain Craft Fair
10AM 3rd Annual Cornhole Championship
10AM Mountaintop Worship Service
10AM-2PM Bloody Mary Tent*
11AM-3PM Live Music from The Northside Ramblers and The Mallett Brother’s Band

All Weekend
Sunday River Sports Pre-Winter Sale
– Mountain Park Activities: scenic lift rides, mountain biking, zipline tours, twin zips, climbing wall, hiking, and disc golf*
– Kids’ Games and Pony Rides*
– Wagon Rides

*Admission and activity fees apply.

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