Market Days Festival in Concord to celebrate 40th year
By EMILY REILY
Special to The Union Leader | June 21. 2014 7:41PM
About 150 vendors are expected to line Main Street for the Market Days Festival this year.Intown Concord/Courtesy
From July 17-19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, about a half-mile of Main Street will be closed to traffic, clearing the way for pedestrians to browse the wares of about 150 retail and food vendors.
"Concord is accustomed to an influx of tens of thousands of state workers during the week and tourists on the weekends. We've found that a majority of Market Days attendees live or work in greater Concord - but Concord also has lots of great lodging and dining options for out-of-town guests," said Susan Sokul, events and communications coordinator for Intown Concord.
"We have a wonderful volunteer committee that starts meeting each January and that is very involved with festival programming and logistics," she said.
"Last year's Market Days Festival was super-fun and well-attended, especially considering that the weather was unusually hot and rainy, and we had a destructive windstorm come through in the middle of the night. But the tradition continues, and we're back this year bigger and stronger," said Sokul.
"Many storefronts have filled up downtown since last summer, so there are plenty of new places for festival guests to check out," she said.
"There will be up to 24 hours of live, local music at the Homegrown Stage in Bicentennial Square; several musical acts over the course of three days in the outdoor amphitheater at Eagle Square; plus community performances and the Freese Brothers Big Band at South Main Park, a new stage at the southern end of the festival," said Poinier.
"The members of the Lone Wolf Cruisers Club typically bring more than 50 classic and antique vehicles on Friday night. It's really cool," said Sokul.
An outdoor movie is also set to take the stage, with the film yet to be announced.
"There are so many attractions, the important thing is to leave enough time to explore," she said.
The festival is also partnering with inflatable fun center Cowabunga's of Hooksett, which is bringing in a tie-dying station. Bring your white garments Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bouncy houses and their "race track" will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at City Plaza for $5 a day with unlimited play.
"Rain is just one more good excuse to dance around, or better yet, duck into a favorite shop or restaurant for more shopping and dining," said Poinier.
Visit www.intownconcord.org for more information. Poinier added the group is always looking for new volunteers - email firstname.lastname@example.org. Poinier said a schedule and map will be posted around July 1.