BREWER, Maine — Area children who like to play the video game “Guitar Hero” will be able to show off their video-guitar playing skills during a challenge at the eighth annual Brewer Days “A Hometown Celebration” Sept. 11-13.
The “Guitar Hero” challenge is just one of many family events scheduled for the three-day community event, Ken Hanscom, Brewer Parks and Recreation Department director, said recently.
“We’re looking at another great year,” Michael Martin, assistant director of the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department, said Monday. “I think we’ve had more interest than ever. Already, people are calling us.”
The annual two-day event has been expanded this year to a three-day event to include Sunday, which is when Brewer Boy Scout Troop 15 will hold its second annual Brewer Days Car Show.
All of the Brewer Days events are scheduled for Brewer Auditorium, its parking lot and Doyle Field next door.
As usual, Brewer Youth Hockey will hold a family barbecue Friday, Sept. 11, to kick off the weekend’s events. While people are enjoying the pulled pork and other barbecue favorites, the Citizen of the Year and the Business of the Year awards will be presented.
Then the Witches of Brewer High School will challenge Lewiston High School’s Blue Devils on the football field, while deejay Dana Wilson provides music for a family street dance and block party in the auditorium parking lot.
Fireworks, sponsored by the Brewer Eagles Club and the city, will finish up the day’s events.
Most of Saturday’s events are geared toward children — the popular money grab, children’s carnival, water slide and cookie stacking contest — but there also are events that should appeal to teens, adults and families, Hanscom said.
There will be live country and light rock music, as well as Brewer Hometown Band performances, free public skating at the Penobscot Ice Arena, and a chance to cheer on the Brewer Witches girls soccer team as they take on Waterville.
A yard sale will be sponsored by the Brewer Historical Society. Also available will be the farmers market, both in the auditorium’s parking lot. A cook-off contest will choose the best pumpkin dessert or homemade pickles.
And to ensure locals have enough energy to play all day, the Brewer Kiwanis Club is serving pancakes Saturday morning.
“We’re looking forward to this year’s event,” Martin said.
The schedule of events will soon be posted on the city’s Web site, www.brewerme.org, and will be in The Weekly.