Sunday River Resort's Fall Festival (October 6-7) goes to new heights for 2018

Wife Carrying, Skydiving, Cornhole — Oh My!

NEWRY, ME (September 25, 2018)—Sunday River Resort's Fall Festival, held during Columbus Day Weekend each year, has always been known for its quirky events, such as the North American Wife Carrying Championship, and the New England Cornhole Championship. This year, the resort will take the thrills up a notch by including skydiving in the schedule of events.

An extreme way to take in Maine's picturesque foliage, Jump & Raft will be offering skydiving experiences from the Bethel Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the ski area. The cost to skydive is $249, while resort season passholders can go for just $229.

Skydiving is a perfect pairing to the highlights of the weekend, including the largest ever North American Wife Carrying Championship. The resort has opened the field to 80 couples to compete on Saturday, October 6. In its 19th year, the North American Wife Carrying Championship tasks these pre-registered couples with racing through a 278-yard course, filled with obstacles such as large wooden hurdles, a sandpit, and the widow-maker water hazard. The couples with the fastest times will go head-to-head in the finals, and the winners will take home the wife's weight in beer and five times her weight in cash. The event takes place slopeside at the South Ridge Lodge.

On Sunday, October 7, Sunday River will host the New England Cornhole Championship, which is sanctioned by the American Cornhole Association. For this event, teams of two will play the quintessential backyard barbecue game through a bracket system outside of the South Ridge Lodge. There is a $600 cash purse split between for the top three teams. Registration is still open, but will close on October 4.

For those who aren't looking to test their mettle in the sky or by competition, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Fall Festival, including the revamped VIP Wine Tent experience on Saturday. For $59, visitors can sample delicious wine, Glidden Point oysters, and appetizers from Chef Harding Lee Smith of the Rooms restaurants in Portland, Maine, and the Mountain Room at the Peak Lodge.

On Sunday, the Bloody Mary Tent is a must-visit, and all weekend long, Sunday River's Mountain Park activities, such as scenic chairlift rides, mountain biking, and ziplining will be available. The 35th Annual Blue Mountain Arts and Craft Fair will also be held inside of the lodge on both Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit SundayRiver.com. Media inquiries should contact Director of Communications Karolyn Castaldo at 207-823-5218 or karolyn.castaldo@sundayriver.com.

About Sunday River Resort: A four-season destination, Sunday River Resort is home to eight interconnected mountain peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter months, and in the summer is home to 20 miles of lift-serviced downhill mountain biking, scenic chairlift rides, zipline tours and more. With the most slopeside lodging in the East, including two Resort Hotels, the Snow Cap Inn, Ski Dorm, and hundreds of nearby condominiums, Sunday River is a popular destination for vacationers, meetings and conferences, and weddings. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions and is located in Newry, Maine, amidst the scenic Mahoosuc Range.

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Media Contact: Karolyn Castaldo, Director of Communications