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June 5, 2020 @ 6:00 PM vs. Erie

The Maine Whoopie Pies will return to action in 2020!

For the second straight year, the Portland Sea Dogs are changing their name…for one night anyway. The Sea Dogs will become the Maine Whoopie Pies, presented by Trademark Federal Credit Union, on Friday, June 5th when they host the Erie SeaWolves at 6:00 PM at Hadlock Field. The name change is in celebration of the official state treat of Maine: the whoopie pie!

The Maine Whoopie Pies have partnered with Wicked Whoopies and the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, which takes place on Saturday, June 27th in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  The Maine Whoopie Festival mascot; "Sweetie Pie" will be at Hadlock Field for the June 5th game, where fans will have the opportunity to win complimentary passes to the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival.

The June 5th game will feature whoopie pie themed in-game promotions. And of course, there will be plenty of whoopie pies from Wicked Whoopies for fans to enjoy. Additionally, whoopie pie ice cream will be available.

A whoopie pie is two round chocolate cake-like cookies with a sweet, creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between them. Many places claim to be the birthplace of the whoopie pie including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The whoopie pie has been a favorite of Mainer's for nearly a century, with the first whoopie pie in Maine being served by Labadie's Bakery in Lewiston in 1925. The Maine State Legislature named the whoopie pie the official state treat in 2011. The world's largest whoopie pie, weighing over 1,000 pounds, was made in South Portland in 2011.  

In recent years, many Minor League teams have temporarily adopted the identity of food items that are unique or popular in their region. Some of the teams have included the Fresno Tacos, Pawtucket Hot Wieners, and Trenton Pork Rolls.  

In 2017, the Reading Fightin Phils became the Reading Whoopies, as many people claim that the whoopie pie originated in Pennsylvania's Americana Region. So, when the Maine Whoopie Pies take on Reading on June 21st at Hadlock Field they'll be playing for more than just an Eastern League win…they'll be playing for the right to claim the whoopie pie for their region (at least for the day).