BREWER, Maine — The Brewer Youth Hockey family barbecue will kick off the 11th annual Brewer Days, “A Hometown Celebration” that begins Friday evening and runs through Sunday.
“They are starting earlier than the schedule says,” Ken Hanscom, director of the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department, which puts on the event, said Wednesday. “They’ll be serving hamburgers and hotdogs starting at 4:30 and running through 8:30 p.m.”
During the picnic, the Brewer Hometown Band will take the stage at 6 p.m. and Mayor Jerry Goss will announce the citizen of the year and business of the year at around 6:30 p.m.
“The returning popular family street dance and block party begins at 7 p.m.,” Hanscom said.
A fireworks display will start at about 9 p.m., just before the dance concludes to end the first day of the three-day community gathering, he said.
Brewer Days, held annually on the weekend after Labor Day, is geared to bring together locals from all over the region and includes food, music and dancing, children and family activities, Hanscom said.
Brewer Kiwanis members have double duty this year. They will cook up pancakes to start Saturday’s events, beginning at 7 a.m., and also will run a yard sale in the parking lot of Brewer Auditorium.
Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. and is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12.
Brewer’s weekly farmers market starts at 8 a.m. and ends around 1 p.m.
Children’s carnival and activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will take place in the auditorium’s parking lot and will include displays and demonstrations by Brewer Police Department and Brewer Fire Department. Firefighters also will have a giant water slide set up from 3 to 4 p.m.
Pony rides will be offered between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and the fall cook-off entries, featuring either apple desserts or whoopie pies, must be dropped off at the auditorium by 11 a.m. The cook-off winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
Three bands will take the stage Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. with Susan Patton and her musical partners, who will perform jazz until noon. Then the Ian Black Band will play classic rock until 1 p.m., when the RetroRockerz will take the stage to perform music from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
Shortly after the music ends, the children’s money grab for kids ages 6-12 will take place inside the auditorium.
Saturday’s events will end with a free public skate, from 4 to 6 p.m., and a “Bean Suppah” hosted at Brewer Auditorium by the Brewer and Holden historical societies. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12.
“They’re holding it in memory of Dick Ruhlin,” Hanscom said, referring to the late Richard “Dick” Ruhlin, a salmon fisherman who helped to clean up the Penobscot River.
Brewer Boy Scout Troop 15’s annual classic car show — held on Sunday during Brewer Days for the last five years — outgrew the auditorium’s space and this year has moved to the parking lot of SnapSpace, the former Lemforder facility.
This year’s event, scheduled for 9 a.m.-3 p.m., will include music, food, children’s games, and prizes for the coolest cars, Hanscom said.
“It’s going to be a great weekend,” he said.