NEWRY — It’s time for Maine’s wife-carrying championships, an event inspired by Finnish tradition.

The event features men carrying women on their backs while negotiating an obstacle course featuring hurdles, sand traps and a water hazard.

This year’s event, Saturday at Sunday River, features four-time world champions from Finland, as well as competitors from Maine and from Nova Scotia.

The event is inspired from Finnish folklore, and the carrying method is up to the couple.

Winners of the Newry competition take home the wife’s weight in beer, plus five times her weight in cash.

 

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