Weare’s 250th celebration starts with field day
WEARE — It’s been years in the making, but the year-long celebration of the town’s 250th anniversary will begin with outdoor fun and games in the freshly fallen snow.
The Weare Winter Field Day and Bonfire will be held at Bolton Field today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Heleen Kurk, head of the town’s 250th Anniversary Committee, said there are numerous events and activities planned throughout the day, starting with the “Snowbowl,” which pits fathers and sons against each other in two touch football games. High school kids will play against their dads at 10 a.m., and middle schoolers will take the field at 1 p.m.
“We have good snow for touch football,” said Kurk. “Nobody’s going to get hurt.”
Kids will have opportunities to sled and make snowmen, and next door to Bolton Field on town conservation land, folks can try snowshoeing in the woods led by local Boy Scouts and do some cross-country skiing.
The Weare Winter Wanderers snowmobile club has pitched in to provide sleigh rides and to oversee the snow sculpture competition, said Kurk.
“They’ve really put quite a lot of work into making this event special,” she said.
Town Administrator Naomi Bolton, a member of the Weare Winter Wanderers, said that the volunteers and the town had been stockpiling snow between the library and the Stone Memorial Building in advance of the competition, but after Thursday’s storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the area, there’s plenty of the white stuff to go around.
There’s a horseshoe competition scheduled for noon, but Kurk said the logistics of that activity haven’t quite been worked out yet.
“The town has done a great job plowing down there, but they can’t plow the field,” she said. “I have no idea how we’re going to do horseshoes in all this snow. We’re hoping people will come and just play.”
In the afternoon, the traditional tug of war will be replaced with a “Tug of Weare,” and throughout the day there will be a concession stand run by the John Stark Generals football team, and a bonfire where folks can warm up from the chilly weather.
Kurk said the winter field day is just the beginning of a year’s worth of events that have been planned to celebrate Weare’s birthday.
“We’re going to have at least one event every month of the year,” she said. Booklets that include information about the events have been mailed to every household in town.
In February, the 250th Anniversary Committee will host a chili and chowder festival that will feature a historic slide show focused on East Weare, a village in the town that was taken for the creation of a dam decades ago. “It’s going to be a really interesting presentation,” she said.
For more information visit www.weare250th.org.
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