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Trash Wheel Fan Fest coming to Peabody Heights Brewery in October

Mr. Trash Wheel, the Inner Harbor fixture that gathers trash at the mouth of the Jones Falls, will have a festival in its (his?) honor.
Mr. Trash Wheel, the Inner Harbor fixture that gathers trash at the mouth of the Jones Falls, will have a festival in its (his?) honor. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

Devotees of Baltimore’s internet darling, Mr. Trash Wheel, are invited to celebrate the anthropomorphic trash gobbler in person at a Trash Wheel Fan Fest Oct. 20, according to a Tuesday news release.

The event, hosted by the Waterfront Partnership, is a first for Mr. Trash Wheel’s fan base, many of whom gush online over the googly-eyed, trash-collecting water wheel.

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Captain Trash Wheel is stationed at Masonville Cove and has already cleared 3.7 tons of garbage from the area.

The wheel was installed in 2014 near the mouth of the Jones Falls by the Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative. Since then, Mr. Trash Wheel has collected more than 1 million pounds of trash, spurring puns, social media discussions and even a plush toy in the process.

The Trash Wheel Fan Fest is scheduled for Oct. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery and will benefit the initiative to make the harbor safe for swimming and fishing, the release states. The event will feature performance pieces, songs and artwork inspired by Mr. Trash Wheel, his intellectual Canton counterpart Professor Trash Wheel, and Captain Trash Wheel, the gender-neutral new addition to the garbage-gobbling family in Masonville Cove.

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Baltimore garbage-picker Mr. Trash Wheel now has his own beer, thanks to a collaboration between Peabody Heights Brewery and the Waterfront Partnership.
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Those in attendance will also receive a limited-edition Trash Wheel Fan Fest pint glass, to pair with beer from Peabody Heights. In 2017, the brewery named a beverage “Mr. Trash Wheel’s Lost Python Ale,” a tribute to a 2015 incident in which a 5-foot-long West African ball python was found inside the wheel. Professor Trash Wheel got her own Peabody beer, Blinded Me Wit Science, earlier this year.

Ticket prices range from $30-$40 and are available for purchase on the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore website.

The Healthy Harbor Initiative of Baltimore partnered with South Florida-based toy manufacturer, Budsies, to produce the stuffed toys
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