We have lots of beer festivals in Maine (just this weekend, there’s another beer festival in Bangor and a dog-friendly beer festival at Thompson’s Point in Portland). It’s no wonder, really – we have beer here that’s worth celebrating. And celebrating. And celebrating. And this time of year, there’s no shortage of pumpkin-related celebrations, too (pumpkin fests and pumpkin drops and pumpkin pie eating competitions! Because it’s fall!).
The inaugural Pumpkinhead-fest at Seashore Trolley Museum this weekend is a beer fest combined with a pumpkin fest…combined with yodeling, trivia and beer can bowling, with some kazoos and a Hansel and Gretel look-alike contest thrown in for good measure. Did I mention the German trolley car that you can sit in while you drink your beer and/or bite into your bratwurst?
What prompted such a lively blend of events?
“An event should have more than beer and bratwurst,” said Sally Bates, executive director of the Seashore Trolley Museum. “Actually, it doesn’t really need more, but I thought, ‘What would be fun to do that would be silly and give it a little edge?’ Hence you get the look-alike contests and the kazoos.”
Basically, Pumpkinhead-fest is a whole day’s worth of Oktoberfest-inspired fun, complete with live music from October Road, a beer and bratwurst tent (of course!) and plenty of friendly competition. It’s also the only festival dedicated to Shipyard’s seasonal Pumpkinhead Ale, a wheat ale that’s garnered fans all over the place with its cinnamon and nutmeg-spiced flavor that hints at pumpkin pie and crisp fall days.
Plenty of Pumpkinhead Ale will be on hand, of course, as well as other Shipyard beers.
Festivities also include pumpkin tossing, spin the Pumpkinhead Ale bottle, and a tongue-twister contest (say “She sells Shipyard at the Seashore” three times fast. Start practicing now).
Ever After Mustang Rescue, a mustang adoption and training facility in Biddeford, will even have one of its horses at the event, along with a headless horseman. You won’t be able to ride the horse, but photo opps are welcome.
The beer festival (including all the games) is a 21-plus event and the $15 admission includes two beverages, bratwurst on a bun and the chance to compete in any of the entertaining games you want. The trolley museum will also be open per usual, so you can take a ride on one of the vintage trolleys, too. Museum admission is $10 (buy admission to both the museum and Pumpkinhead fest for $23).
While kids can’t attend the Pumpkinhead fest until they’re older, there will be other activities outside the festival tent, like 9-hole mini golf and exploring the exhibit barns. And as always, Seashore Trolley Museum is dog friendly.
WHERE: Seashore Trolley Museum, 195 Log Cabin Rd, Kennebunkport
WHEN: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
HOW MUCH: $15 festival admission, $10 museum admission (or both for $23)
MORE INFO: www.trolleymuseum.org