Good times in Maine! This weekend is the annual Moosestompers event, it would be the 24th year. Mark and I are not going – I am having some back issues – but I thought I’d pull out my post from three years ago when we did go and show you what Moosestompers is all about.
Three days and everyone has a blast! Mark and I attended the event three years ago. We were still pretty new to Maine and we had never seen anything like this. It was awesome! Let me re-tell you our story for that weekend.
When we got up that morning it was 5° outside. Seeing as how most of the events were outdoor ones, we layered up and wore a bunch of clothes. Hahaha! No, this photo isn’t from three years ago. I like this one much better :). Check out the awesome head wrap my friend Phillis made for me. Isn’t it beautiful? And it’s my color! But three years ago, I was wearing a sweater, a Sherpa lined flannel shirt, jeans and snow pants, and a big snow mobile jacket. Bundled up. Hahaha!
The first thing we saw was the Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Display. There were some pretty cool sleds there. The first one in the line – the yellow – was my favorite!
There were snow sled rides and this was Mark’s favorite – the sleigh was dressed up like a moose! Actually it was a jon boat dressed up like a moose and they were dragging it behind a snow sled. There is a better photo later in the post. This ride was busy all day.
They gave a really good ride around the entire park. Sometimes at a pretty good speed, too! Hahaha! Interpret that to mean screaming kiddos!
The Horse Pulled Sleigh Ride was more our speed. Hahahaha! Actually, I had so many clothes on I couldn’t bend my knees to get into the jon boat ride.
We rode in the third seat back. The driver/ owner told us the next sleigh he had was going to be pulled by some Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. I should have told him we have a son-in-law who works for them.
There were several sliding hills for the kids. This one had at least three more places on the back side that kids were using with their assorted sliding things – disks, sleds, boxes, plastic lids.
A larger, more exciting hill for the little older kids.
They actually held the 9th Annual Sliding Race here on Derby Hill.
Another event was getting ready to start, but first there was a little dancing with Morris the Moose. He totally saw me with my phone out and posed for a photo. Hahahaha! Thanks, Morris!
Let the dancing begin! Actually, Morris is the master of the ‘sway side to side’ dance. Hahahahaha!
I don’t know who this dad is but he and his kid in the blue were having a great time!
There was only so much dancing I could endure. Hahahaha! Here is that awesome jon boat pretending to be a moose sled. It was really cool!
OK, friends that live in the south, when we got up that morning it was 5° outside. I’m thinking it’s not going to happen with a port-a-potty when it’s 5° outside. Hahahahaha! But good try!
This was the highlight of the day for us. The Half Dollar Scramble For Kids. Five area banks donated 900 half dollars for this event. The first group to go was 6 years old and under. The man in charge stood in the middle of the circle and threw out a bunch of half dollars. Then the little guys ran around trying to find them. It’s actually harder than it sounds. The money slides down through the snow to the ground, then people run over it, crawl over it, push it around with their hands and shoes, and desperate-parents-whose-kids-haven’t-found-any shove around through the mess trying to find at least one coin for their child. Hahaha! Good times!
Aren’t they cute?
The next group was ages 7 – 9.
The parents didn’t really need to get involved with this group. They did very well on their own.
Then they moved to the 10 – 13 year old group. That man in the middle had the money which he threw out by handfuls in a circle. There were 300 coins thrown down right there where you are looking. Don’t see any, do you? Harder than it looks. And the snow is probably only 2 – 3″ deep there.
And the race was on! Hahahaha!
Mark and I were impressed by the behavior of the children in this group. We figured it would get brutal, but the kids were so respectful. Some even shared with the other kids who didn’t find coins. It was pretty awesome.
This was so much fun! We had a great time. Didn’t get to attend all three days, but we had a ball. And that is Moosestompers! So much fun for the whole family. There were even free hotdogs and drinks inside one of the buildings, but we never got quite that far. We were too busy watching the kids have fun!