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Lancaster Fair

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: August 29-September 1, 2014

Wow!! Labor Day Weekend has snuck right up on us. It seems like summer has flown past us this year but it's a holiday weekend so don't let this one pass you by. There will be lots of Labor Day Weekend traditions - from fairs to end of summer events, concerts and more! We pulled together our list of the "Top 10" Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend. Enjoy New Hampshire - and be safe out there.

Fairs Everywhere!

All Weekend
The 99th Annual Hopkinton Fair will be held at the Hopkinton Fairgrounds in Contoocook this weekend, through Monday. Featured events include Vic and Sticks, a recycled rhythm band, the NH Cowboy Mounted Shooters, horse shows, sand sculpture, live entertainment, chainsaw carving demonstrations, snowmobile drags, a demolition derby and a mud race. There will also be 4H and livestock exhibits, pulling, a large midway and many other activities and events. Admission is $5-10. Also this weekend the Lancaster Fair runs through the holiday weekend. This Labor Day week extravaganza spotlights agricultural activities, and features a large midway, live musical entertainment, competitions like pulling events and a demolition derby. Come to the north country for all the end-of-summer fun!

UFO Sighting

Saturday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The 5th Annual UFO Festival celebrates the "Incident in Exeter," which occurred in 1965. On Sept. 3, 1965, Norman Muscarello was hitchhiking home when he spotted a 90-foot-wide object that was brightly lit. Muscarello later returned with Officer Eugene Bertrand and the two watched the object fly out of the woods and up into the sky. Several other witnesses reported seeing the object during this time, including Officer David Hunt. The incident was investigated by the Air Force but officials couldn't identify the object and the mystery remains unsolved to this day. In addition to a day of speakers, there will be live music, arts and crafts, face painting for the kids, and more! This family-friendly, fun festival takes place at Exeter Town Hall and downtown, and admission is free. Bring your dog too! There will be a "Doggie Splashdown" where you can enjoy an afternoon of pool games with your dog at the Dan Healy outdoor pool. The fee is $5 per dog/handler. Call the Pet Pantry at 603-583-4853 to sign up.

Leaping Lipizzans

Friday, 6 p.m.,
Saturday, 3 p.m.,
Sunday, 3 p.m.,
Monday, 1 p.m.

The famous Original Lipizzan Stallions of Austria will perform at the Omni Mount Washington Resort this weekend. See the fabulous flying white Lipizzans perform the rare and beautiful 'Airs Above the Ground' as seen in Walt Disney's 'Miracle of the White Stallions.' The Lipizzans are unquestionably the rarest, most aristocratic breed of horses in the world. Bring your whole family and chairs to witness their beauty and grace for yourself. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the gate. Children (6-12) are $9 in advance, $12 at the gate. Call 603-278-1000 for additional details.

End of Summer Bash

All Weekend
Waterville Valley is celebrating the end of another summer season with their "Just Ducky" End of Summer Bash this weekend. There will be an array of events, including live music, a barbecue, and kids events. Most of the events will take place on Sunday and will include a frozen t-shirt contest, a roaming Raceway and Roaming Railroad, a bounce house, scavenger hunt, and a chance to meet Bruce the Moose - plus the annual rubber duck race to benefit the Emi Bridge House. There will also be a Curious George Story Time, a chance to meet the Valley Snow Dogz, a live animal show and fireworks over Corcoran Pond! Call 800-468-2553 for more information.

Wailin' Away

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The Wailin' Jennys will perform at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth this weekend. Featuring the voices of Mezzo Nicky Mehta, Soprano Ruth Moody and Alto Heather Masse, three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect sound. The group started out as a one-time performance and blossomed into one of today's most beloved international folk acts. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jenny's is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three. Tickets are $35+.

Pop Star in Portsmouth

Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Labor Day performance by Grammy Winning pop star Colbie Caillat this weekend at the Music Hall in Portsmouth. She's sold over 6 million albums and ten million singles worldwide, her breakthrough hit "Bubbly" remains one of the best-selling digital tracks in history, her multi-platinum debut "Coco" hit number 5 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart upon its release and her sophomore set "Breakthrough" landed at number one. She will rock the Music Hall with her new Gypsy Heart Tour. Tickets are $45-65.

At the Bay

All Weekend
The 25th Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at the Bay will be held throughout this holiday weekend at the Alton Bay Community House and on the waterfront. The fair will feature over 75 juried craftsmen and women from all over New England displaying and selling their American made arts and crafts and specialty foods (such as herbal dips, jams and jellies, candies and more). Come see specialty made pottery, glassware, jewelry and so much more. Admission is free.

Bluegrass by the best

Friday, 7 p.m.
Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder will perform at Prescott Park in Portsmouth this weekend. Primarily known for his wizardry with the mandolin, Skaggs is also renowned for his skill with the fiddle, the guitar and the banjo. With 14 Grammy Awards, 7 Country Music Awards, 12 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards and many other accolades under his belt, Ricky is a dynamic tenor who is a legend in mainstream country music. Call Prescott Park at 603-436-2848 for additional details.

Parade of Rubber Ducks

Monday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Come and enjoy one of the most highly anticipated family events of the year. The Annual Rubber Ducky Regatta ends the summer much like it began. Watch 2,000 ducks dive into the Pemigewasset River at Cascade Park in Woodstock. There will be balloon twisting and entertainment for kids, a bounce house, food, fun and more! Call the Lincoln Woodstock Chamber of Commerce for information, 603-745-6621.

Reelin' in the Years

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Steely Dan will perform at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford this weekend. Can't Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan's debut album, was released in 1972. Its hit singles "Do It Again" and "Reelin' In the Years" reached No. 6 and No. 11 respectively on the Billboard singles chart. Along with "Dirty Work", the songs became staples on classic rock radio. In 1973 they released Countdown to Ecstasy. The album's singles were "Show Biz Kids" and "My Old School." After being inactive for over a decade starting in 1981, they reunited in 1993. Two albums of new material followed. They have earned a Grammy Award, sold more than 40 million albums and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Tickets are $24-84. Country band Lady Antebellum will take the stage on Sunday. Tickets for that show are $35-95. Take your pick and enjoy one of the final shows of the summer!

BONUS: Catch a Wave!

Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Catch a wave at the 7th Annual Hit the Beach Surfing Event at "The Wall" at North Beach in Hampton this weekend. Come help and support our wounded veterans and watch them Hang Ten as volunteers introduce the injured veterans to surfing. Several surf shops will provide equipment and lessons. Hampton's American Legion Post 35, host of the event, will offer food and drinks. Come cheer on the Veterans. To make a donation, please call Ralph Fatello at the American Legion Post 35 at 603-929-4695.

Last weekend

It's All Greek to Me

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Ruthie Rocks

Saturday, 8 p.m.

Oh Deere!

Friday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Nashville Star

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Fine Arts at Mill Falls


Get Down Tonight

Sunday, 8 p.m.

Cry Wolf

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Moose on the Loose!

All Weekend

Local Talent

Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m.

Hot, Hot, Hot!

Sunday, 12-4:30 p.m.

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