BALTIMORE — Fans of the Baltimore Trash Wheel family can celebrate the waste eating water vessels at the Waterfront Partnership’s Second Annual Trash Wheel Fan Fest on Sept. 21.
The festivities will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E. 30th Street in Baltimore. Tickets cost $30 if purchased before Sept. 8, $35 after that, and $40 at the door. They can be purchased online. Attendees can enjoy as much Peabody Heights beer as they want, as well as take in performance pieces, songs, and artwork inspired by the solar-powered trash consumers. Fans can also build their own art projects and purchase food from participating food trucks.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Waterfront Partnership’s Health Harbor Initiative, which hopes to make Baltimore’s Harbor swimmable and fishable as soon as possible.
Starting with Mr. Trash Wheel, the family of solar-powered refuse collectors has grown to three with Professor Trash Wheel in Canton and Captain Trash Wheel in Masonville Cove. The Waterfront Partnership is hoping to add at least another machine in the near future. Other states and municipalities have reached out to the group about developing similar technology elsewhere.
Enthusiasm for the environmental helpers has grown exponentially in the five years since Mr. Trash Wheel first took up residence between Piers V and VI in the Inner Harbor. Since then a fan club calling itself “The Order of the Wheel” has grown in membership, and the google-eyed garbage eater has made his way onto shirts, beer glasses, and a plush toy.
Peabody Heights has been an active partner to the Waterfront Partnership in raising funds and awareness about the floating garbage vessels. The brewery now brews three beers - Lost Python Ale, Solar Power Sour, and Blinded Me Wit Science – all named or themed after Mr. Trash Wheel or notable things found in his dumpster. A portion of sales of each beer goes towards the Health Harbor initiative.