The Rivah celebrates this weekend

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A reminder that Sunday River is celebrating its 50th anniversary season this weekend with all sorts of activities and deals. Given all the recent snow in them thar hills, it should be a must.

The big shindig is Saturday. Expect live entertainment, huge fireworks, and a Viking look-alike contest (would I kid you? Think back, remember the logo from the era pre Les Otten).
Party kicks off Friday night with Orange Crush playing music of the 80s in the Foggy Goggle. It continues Saturday with historic ski tours all day. Saturday night, South Ridge becomes home to the Sunday River Food and Beverage Festival (a fancy name for party), with 10 restaurants and businesses along with specialty drink stations. Tix are $15 adult, $10 ages 6-12, with proceeds benefiting the Maine Community Foundation’s Sunday River Region Charitable Fund, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in area communities.

Free festivities on Saturday evening include a visit by Santa (that fat man gets around) a mega fireworks show with the PoiStar Fire Dancers (sounds like a hot item), a bonfire, and One Sweet World, a Dave Matthews tribute band, at the Foggy Goggle. Oh yeah, and that Viking God and Goddess costume contest; winner receives a 2010-2011 New England Gold Pass (nice!)

Those able to roll out of bed before 9 a.m. on Sunday can enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Barker Lodge (7-9 a.m.); all you can eat for $7.99. Might be worth braving the hangover, especially if you want to snag some early runs.