BREWER, Maine — Five new activities have been added to the seventh annual Brewer Days “A Hometown Celebration” and all are geared toward family fun, Ken Hanscom, Brewer Parks and Recreation Department director, said Wednesday.
The two-day community event is Friday and Saturday, with most events being held at or within walking distance of the Brewer Auditorium.
Pony rides, a family obstacle course challenge, a bicycle auction, free public ice skating and a car show are all new to this year’s Brewer Days, Hanscom said.
“We have 20 different events this year and it all kicks off with the third annual Tailgate Pig Roast & Family Barbecue Friday night,” he said.
The pig roast is 5-7 p.m. and the Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year awards will be presented by Mayor Manley DeBeck at 6:15 p.m.
The Brewer High School’s first football game of the season will come next, with the Witches taking on the Skow-hegan Indians at 7 p.m. at Doyle Field. Afterward, a street dance and block party will be held in the auditorium’s parking lot and fireworks will end the eve-ning.
All of the new events are scheduled for Saturday. That day will begin with Brewer Kiwanians serving pancakes 7-9:30 a.m. and the fourth annual 3K family fun run at 8:15 a.m.
A preview for the bike auction, which is sponsored by the Brewer Police Department, is 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday with the live auction beginning at 9:30 a.m.
“They’ve got over 100 bikes,” Hanscom said. “Good ones too, and all are unclaimed.”
Boy Scout Troop 15 of Brewer is sponsoring the car show, which will be held at the Twin City Plaza, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Car show entries cost $5 per car and there are nine divisions of awards, along with a people’s choice award. Scouts also will sell refreshments, hold a 50-50 drawing and will take orders for their annual popcorn sale.
Pony rides will take place during the children’s activities in the Brewer Auditorium parking lot 10 a.m.-2 p.m. that also will include more than a dozen other children’s events such as the football throw, cow-milking booth, and face painting.
Live music will be provided by Freedom, a country band, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and JD Bros., acoustic light rock, noon-1 p.m.
Returning again this year by popular demand are the children’s money grab, scheduled for 1 p.m., and the giant water slide, put on by the Fire Department, 2:30-4 p.m.
The Brewer Hometown Band will perform 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The new family obstacle course challenge is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Doyle Field, and a minimum of three family members must sign up, Hanscom said.
“Get ready to get down and dirty at the obstacle course,” he said. “You’ll never know what we’ll be asking [participants] to do.”
And the last event for Saturday is free public skating 4-6 p.m. at the Penobscot Ice Arena on Acme Road, which also is new to Brewer Days, Hanscom said.
“It’s going to be a big event this year,” he said.
The schedule of events is posted on the city’s Web site, www.brewerme.org, and in this week’s Weekly.