MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER: The weather often wreaks havoc with outdoor events. But we’ve enjoyed a beautiful Labor Day weekend for the thousands that attended the Thomas Point Blue Grass Festival and the Great State of Maine Air Show.

There’s one more event, Oktoberfest Maine, that is this coming Saturday, Sept. 19 and the weather is predicted to be spectacular. Come out for this last festival of the summer season at the historic Topsham Fairgrounds located just off of the Coastal Connector. This festival features Maine entertainment, Maine-made food, drink, merchandise and more.

Experience the taste of regional craft beers and a special Doppelbach German beer expertly crafted by Brunswick’s own Lively Brewing Co. Listen and dance to Maine’s own Oktoberfest German Band, Up Stream Live and the Sweatin Bullets Band. All attendees are eligible for prizes provided by local businesses, to be drawn during intermissions.

Eat delicious pub and German fare prepared by Sea Dog Brewing Co., Bun Bun’s Bakery, German-style pretzels and more. Shop and buy a special Oktoberfest ceramic mug or T-shirt. Compete for guys and gals prizes in the keg throwing and stein hoisting competitions officiated by Samuel Adams/Boston Lager. Be the Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Woman — wear your Lederhosen and dirndl skirts. Compete for the longest mustache and/or beard.

Oktoberfest Maine is sponsored by: Highland Green, Wild Duck Pub, BEK, Inc., FairPoint Communications, The Highlands, The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern, and Topsham Development Inc.

Other supporters: Bootleggers, The Cryer, Ebenezer’s Brew Pub/Lively Brewing Co., Smitty’s Cinema, ArtForms, Cool As A Moose, and Harbour Towne Inn.

It’s not too late to purchase tickets online at 65. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mid-Coast Veterans Council. Tickets are only $10/person and $15/person at the gate. Parking is free. This event is a 21 years of age and older.


— The chamber’s young professional group, Midcoast Edge, will present a conflict resolution workshop on Sept. 17, 2:30- 5:30 p.m., at Maine Forest Yurts, 430 Auburn Pownal Road, Durham. Conflict resolution and its complexities will be discussed, resulting in participants learning when and how to intervene, and how to prevent some conflict.

— Come celebrate the grand opening of Firehouse Tumbling, located at 71 Canam Drive in Topsham. The open house is 1-3 p.m. Tour the only facility of its kind in the Midcoast region that offers floor tumbling classes and recreational-based competitive cheer program for children in grades K-eighth. Meet the coaches, enjoy refreshments and enter to win prizes.

— Chamber After Hours is Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. It is hosted by Day’s Jewelers at its new location at the Topsham Fair Mall. Make new connections, gather business leads and reconnect with business owners.

— Chris Fogg, CEO of the Maine Tourism Association, is the featured speaker at the Sept. 30 Chamber Regional Luncheon. The event (11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.) includes networking, buffet lunch and presentation at The Daniel, 10 Water St., Brunswick. Thank you to our sponsors: Mechanics Savings Bank, Mid Coast Health Services, RE/MAX Riverside and The Brunswick Hotel and Tavern.

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