BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — For the past 15 years, the city of Brewer has celebrated its community with the annual Brewer Days festival. This year’s festival kicked off on Friday and was a first for many.
The three-day event included carnival activities, pony rides and lots of smiles. Fourteen-year-old Branden Guiggey could not think of a better way to spend his weekend.
“I could stay at home and just do whatever I want to do or I could come here and get some hand on activities and learn a bunch of new stuff,” he said.
As a new member of Brewer High School’s robotic team, Orange Chaos, Guiggey got to show the younger kids some cool gadgets. As the children laughed and played with the technology, the adults even started to get in on the action.
Aside from a live band and two bounce houses, there was plenty of food for everyone. Brewer firefighter Niman Karam said its events like this that bring the community closer together.
“Sometimes when we show up people aren’t at their best but this is a low stress, low key day,” he said.
By allowing kids to play with and try on their equipment, Karam says it creates a sense of trust.
“We want them to feel comfortable with us,” said Karam.
The events will conclude 3 p.m. Sunday after the annual Brewer Cars Show.
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