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Weekend "Top 10" Planner: August 1-3, 2014

It's hard to believe August has arrived. But along with August comes sweet corn, the Sunapee Craftsmen Fair, the Pittsfield Hot Air Balloon Festival, the Jericho ATV Festival, concerts, county fairs, and so much more. We gathered up the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend and put them down here for you to see. Enjoy!

Off Road Rally

All Weekend
The Jericho ATV Festival takes place this weekend at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin. If you love off-roading, this is the event of your year! Try your luck in the mud pits, or join the crowd in cheering on the mud runners competing in the popular Jericho Mud Races. There will also be a RAVE X and Outer Limits Freestyle Show with a dirt biker and a quad rider performing stunts and tricks 20 feet in the air. Additionally, there will be a Youth ATV Simulator, Classic and Vintage ATV's demonstrations by Arctic Cat, Yamaha, Can Am and Polaris, a music festival and more! Admission is free.

A Cheshire Grin

All Weekend
The Cheshire Fair kicked off Wednesday with, animal and agriculture demonstrations, a midway and seminars at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey. It runs straight through the weekend. The fair will also feature live entertainment, a butterfly tent, pumpkin' chuckin', truck pulls, a demolition derby, shows by comedian Bucky Lewis, tractor pulls, horse shows, fireworks and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-11, $5 for seniors, and free for kids ages 4 and under.

Up, Up and Away

Friday, 4-11 p.m.,
Saturday, 5:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.,
Sunday, 5:30-10 a.m.

The Annual Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally will take place at Drake Field this weekend. There will be balloon launches at dusk and dawn, tethered balloon rides, live entertainment, midway carnival rides, helicopter rides, world famous food vendors, and a balloon nightglow and fireworks on Saturday evening. There will also be a craft fair on Saturday. Sunday will feature a 5K Road Race. The Pittsfield Rotary has always made this event free with a $5 suggested donation to help support the rotary.

Jump on the Starship!

Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Jefferson Starship will perform this weekend at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth. The band, which is celebrating their 40th anniversary, returns to the Monkey, and brings along a giant repertoire of hits, including "Jane," "Somebody to Love," "Miracles," "White Rabbit," "Volunteers," "Count on Me," and many more. Don't miss this internationally acclaimed, iconic rock band in an intimate theatre. Tickets are $39+.

Perry, Perry quite extraordinary!

Sunday, 7 p.m.
The Band Perry hits the stage this weekend at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook in Gilford. Since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2010, they have ascended to dizzying heights. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and joined by her younger brothers Neil and Reid, the band has recorded a string of hit singles, including the quadruple platinum number-one hit, "If I Die Young," the platinum "You Lie," and the Country No. 1 "All Your Life." Come see this sibling trio who has become one of the hottest acts in recent history. Tickets are $23.50-$61.50.

The League of Extraordinary Artisans

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The 81st Annual League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair kicks off their 9-day long, one-of-a-kind crafts fair at Mount Sunapee in Newbury. These are no ordinary crafts. The jewelry, baskets, pottery, glasswork, metalwork, woodwork, fiber arts, photography, paintings, folk art, and many other unique items represent the work of juried craftspeople from New Hampshire and border towns. This fair is the oldest and most exclusive of its kind in the country. There will be live musical entertainment, workshops, demonstrations, strolling performances featuring oversized puppets, magicians, mind readers and more. Don't miss this fair which has become a tradition and features crafts by more than 350 craftspeople. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, and active duty military. Children 12 and under are free.

Vintage Vrooom

All Weekend
Come to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for a weekend of historic racing fun. The 24th Annual Vintage Racing Celebration features two road course days with car races from the Vintage Racing Group, as well as the Granite State Legends Cars and the Crown Royal Bandolero Series. The Oval Days will feature track sessions with vintage midget, modified, sprint, Indy and stock cars. In addition to all the racing fun, Hot Import Night will feature drifting demonstrations and a tuner car display on Saturday night. Call 603-783-4931 for more information.

Summertime Blues

Saturday, 12-8 p.m.
The 12th Annual Barnful of Blues Festival is a family-oriented music event with all profits donated to the Webster House of Manchester. It takes place at the Youth Center in New Boston and offers an afternoon and evening of the best blues and R&B music in the region including the James Montgomery Band, Professor Harp, Sweet Willie D, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, and more. Tickets are $25.

American Idol

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.
The Grammy Award-nominated and former American Idol judge performs her greatest hits and tells the stories that shaped them. Some of her songs include "Sober" by Pink, "Walkaway" by Kelly Clarkson and "Undo it" by Carrie Underwood. She'll be making an appearance at the Music Hall for two nights this weekend. Tickets are $42.

Heeeeere's Johnny!

Friday, 8 p.m.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will rock out at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom this weekend. The band first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s, emerging from the same New Jersey Shore music scene as his now legendary contemporary and friend Bruce Springsteen. Southside's first three albums, I Don't Want To Go Home, This Time It's for Real, and Hearts of Stone, were produced by band co-founder Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos), and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt or Springsteen. With their classic blend of hard-core R and B and street-level rock, molten grooves, soulful guitar licks and blistering horn section, Johnny and his Jukes continue to put their unique stamp on the Jersey Shore sound, while recalling the glory years of Otis Redding and similar Stax Records titans. They will be joined by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, who achieved mainstream success in the 80s with the "Eddie and The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack." Tickets are $21-40.

BONUS: Happy Birthday to Kingston

All Weekend
Kingston Days, held at Kingston Plains, is a three-day annual event that celebrates the birthday of this little town. There will be live music, food, hot air balloon rides, a huge motorcycle show, Maximum Velocity (a crazy bike show), the Taste of Rockingham, children's activities and entertainment, a flea market, a giant car show and so much more. Call 603-365-0683 for additional details.

FREE EVENT: So Very Blueberry!

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Attitash Mountain Resort in Bartlett is celebrating summer with a Blueberry Fest this weekend. Attitash means "blueberry" in the Abenaki language, and what better time of the year than August, when there are plenty of blueberries for picking, to celebrate summer at Attitash Mountain Resort. Enjoy barbecue food, a craft fair, a blueberry pie baking contest, and of course, a blueberry pie-eating contest, live music, and field games. Admission is free.

Last weekend

Familiar Fun

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bang Your Head

Friday, 8 p.m.

Big Machines, Big Fun

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This Old Home

Friday, 5:30 - 8 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Great Granite State

Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 4 p.m.

It's On in Hebron!

Saturday, 9 a.m.

Fill Your Belly with Laughter

Thursday, 8 p.m,
Friday, 8 p.m.

We Eat Ham, and Jam, and Spam a Lot!

Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.,
Sunday, 5 p.m.

Got Wings?

Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

Agri Culture

All Weekend

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