Wife Carrying Contest

Festival Dates 2019

Friday June 22nd our Midsummer Night Bash | Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd.
Festival Day Pass TBA. Free admission for kids under 16. Free parking all weekend.

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Sunday June 24th 2018 at 2:30PM

Online registration is now closed. Registrations will be accepted on Sunday, at the Wife Carrying Registration desk in the bandstand tent.

Be the fastest team to complete the course and win the Wife’s* weight in beer!

This year there will be a prize for “best dressed.” Costumes, matching uniforms, folklore inspired outfits… it’s open to interpretation!

In the olden days, in small town Finland, there was no social networking or internet dating – if a man wanted a woman from a neighbouring village he had to go and take her! This show of worthiness and determination – together with rumors and hearsay – evolved into the Wife Carrying Contest, where a “husband” carries a “wife” through an obstacle course for a prize.

*note that husband and wife are labels used in this contest to identify the role that each team member plays. “Husband” does the carrying and “Wife” is the one being carried – regardless of actual marital status or gender. Please see the rules for more details.

 

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