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Brewer Days to feature Sept. 11 memorial service

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The 10th annual Brewer Days, “A Hometown Celebration,” which kicks off Friday evening and features three days of events for folks of all ages, happens to end on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

To honor all who died during the tragedy a decade ago, Brewer Boy Scout Troop 15 will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at the veterans memorial just outside Brewer Auditorium, Ken Hanscom, Brewer Parks and Recreation director, said Tuesday.

The rest of the Brewer Days events include a Friday night Brewer High School football game against Old Town with a lobster bake and barbecue, street dance and fireworks, followed on Saturday by a pancake breakfast, historical society yard sale, live music, a children’s carnival, cook-offs and free ice skating. A classic car show and the memorial service are Sunday’s featured events.

All events are scheduled for Sept. 9-11 at the Brewer Auditorium, Doyle Field, Maple Field and the Penobscot Ice Arena on Acme Road.

“Pretty much we have 20 different events happening this weekend,” Hanscom said.

When Brewer Days started in 2001, it lasted one day. Over the years it has expanded to three, Hanscom said.

New to this year’s fun is an event called the Brewer Days Grocery Olympics, sponsored by Brewer Christian Food Cupboard, which will take place in the Brewer Auditorium parking lot starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Those interested in participating in the event should call Cindy McEwen at 989-9623 to register a team, Hanscom said.

The schedule of events for the three-day Brewer Days festival:

Friday, Sept. 9

• 5-7 p.m., sixth annual Brewer Youth Hockey family barbecue, Brewer Auditorium. Lobster dinner, $12; double lobster, $18. Preorder by calling Katie Doak at 542-3334.

• 6-7 p.m., Brewer Hometown Band, official city ambassadors, Brewer Auditorium.

• 6:30 p.m., Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year announced by Mayor Joseph Ferris, Brewer Auditorium.

• 7-9 p.m., Brewer High football vs. Old Town, Doyle Field.

• 7-9:30 p.m., family street dance and block party with music by Dana Wilson, Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

• 9 p.m., fireworks during the street dance.

Saturday, Sept. 10

• 7-10 a.m., Brewer Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast, Brewer Auditorium. $4 for adults and $2 for children.

• 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Brewer Farmers’ Market, Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

• 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Brewer Youth Soccer League, kindergarten through grade eight, Doyle Field and Maple Field.

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m., third annual Brewer Historical Society yard sale, Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

• 9:30 a.m., Brewer Days Grocery Olympics, sponsored by Brewer Christian Food Cupboard, Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

• 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., children’s carnival and activities, face painting, inflatable slide, children’s games, State Street side of Brewer Auditorium parking lot. Every child wins a prize.

• 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Brewer Police and Fire Department demonstrations, Brewer Auditorium parking lot.

• 10-11:15 a.m., Jimmy Barnes, Real Maine Music, Stage 1.

• 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., pony rides, $2, Brewer Auditorium.

• 11 a.m., fall cook-off entry deadline, homemade pickles and pumpkin dessert, Brewer Auditorium.

• 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Susan Patten and Her Musical Partners, jazz, Stage 2.

• 1 p.m., fall cook-off results, Brewer Auditorium.

• 1-2:30 p.m., Original Condition, bluegrass music, Stage 1.

• 2:30-3 p.m., Children’s money grab, ages 6-12, Brewer Auditorium stage.

• 3-4 p.m., giant water slide with Brewer Fire Department, Doyle Field.

• 4-6 p.m., free public ice skating, Penobscot Ice Arena, Acme Road.

Sunday, Sept. 11

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m., fourth annual Brewer Days Car Show, sponsored by Troop 15 Boy Scouts, Brewer Auditorium parking lot. The classic car show features music, food, prizes, a silent auction and children’s games. There is a $5 registration per vehicle in show, no admission fee, but donations accepted. The “Make ‘n’ Take” for kids, where children can make a wooden car or truck and take it home, is 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

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