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Posted: September 29, 2015

Revel in beer, bratwurst & a yodeling competition during Pumpkinhead-fest at Seashore Trolley Museum

Written by: Shannon Bryan
Pumpkinhead-fest poster (or at least part of it).

Pumpkinhead-fest poster (or at least part of it).

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. 

Left: Sit in this vintage German trolley car during Pumpkinhead-fest. (courtesy photo) Upper right: Bratwurst! ( Lower right: Pumpkinhead Ale (courtesy photo)

Left: Sit in this vintage German trolley car during Pumpkinhead-fest. (courtesy photo) Upper right: Bratwurst! ( Lower right: Pumpkinhead Ale (courtesy photo)

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)

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