Wife Carrying Contest

Festival Dates 2018

Friday, Friday, June 22nd our Midsummer Night Bash Ember Skies is at 8pm | Saturday, June 23rd & Sunday, June 24th
Festival Day Pass TBA. Free admission for kids under 16. Free parking all weekend.


Sunday June 24th 2018 at 2:00PM

Sign up is available in May 2018.

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

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.

Wife Carrying Contest 2017

This year’s wife carrying contest had a new challenging course, and the most exciting final we’ve ever had. At the festival the judges declared Team Metzak the winners, but after some new photo evidence was brought forward, it has been decided that the 2017 Wife Carrying Contest ended in a TIE!!

Congratulations to the Gimli Geese and Team Metzak who will officially share this year’s title of Champion. The Gimli Geese are now the first ever repeat champions of our local competition, and also the Masters Category. Cheers to both teams on a race well run.

Wife Carrying Contest 2017
Metzak Tie
Gilmi Geese
Gimli Geese 24.50
Metzak 25.10
Thighs to the Skies 25.22
Shooting Rockets 26.28
Finca 26.99
Long Way To Fall 27.38
FinnLinder 30.31
Lac Lac 31.22
Valkyries 31.47
Sleipner 33.13
Irish connection 41.28
Carraine Toohil 41.91


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