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NH Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: August 17-19, 2018

Summer is quickly coming to a close - at least "unofficially" - so let's make the most of what we have left and get out with the family this weekend. There's plenty to do - fairs, fireworks, food AND fun for all ages. From Henniker to New Ipswich and Thornton to Hillsborough, help us tackle the Top 10 Things to Do in NH this weekend!

Hillsborough's 10th Annual Living History Event

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Enjoy a delightful, interactive living history experience and take part in the unique history of New England. Hillsborough's 10th Annual Living History Event will be held this weekend in Butler Park and throughout Hillsborough. For their 10th year, they are excited to host two special historical figures George Washington, portrayed by Dean Malissa, and John Adams, portrayed by George Baker. Interact with period artisans and the music of the 2nd South Carolina String Band, or follow a battle through the woods, watch the Cavalry charge, hear the cannons roar. Sutlers, crafters, and the blacksmith sell their wares. Make butter and ice cream, pan for gold, use an old-fashioned laundry, press cider, sample some maple syrup, and more. We have over a dozen family-based hands-on activities. Venture on a fantastic trip throughout Hillsborough and discover the historic villages, the Hillsborough Heritage Museum, including the Manahan-Phelps-McCulloch Photo Collection and the DAR Collection. Take a tour of the Franklin Pierce Homestead State Historic Park and tour the cemetery where President Pierce's parents are buried on 2nd NH Turnpike. Enjoy scenic drives, ride in a horse-drawn buggy, or a take self-guided stroll around the Old Historic Center. Tour the National Landmark Engineering award-winning stone arch bridges that make Hillsborough a historic treasure. This is one of our top events of the year - it's definitely one you don't want to miss! Tickets are $5 - $15.

Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks

Saturday, 3 p.m.
The 2018 Jaffrey Festival of Fireworks is an event that must be seen to be believed. Presented by the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce, Atlas Pyrovision, Jaffrey Silver Ranch Airpark, the festival is a top annual event in New Hampshire. Held at the Jaffrey Silver Ranch Airfield, this year's theme is SUPERHEROES featuring music by Soya Entertainment, games and characters. Fireworks - some of the best you will see in your lifetime, are set to music. There will also be a variety of food and novelty vendors available, a rock climbing wall, Newfoundland ponies from the Villi Poni Farm and skydivers. Tickets are $8 - $165.

Cornish Fair

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

The Cornish Fair will be held this weekend at the Cornish Fairgrounds for three days of family-friendly fun and activities. Some of the activities and shows include a midway, a sheep dog demonstration, an area known as "Kids Central" where you can participate in rock painting, water play, GLOW (at dusk) a coloring contest, and many more exciting games, live music, the Kent Family Circus, the Magical Poodles Show, helicopter rides, 4H exhibits, horse pulling, a Farm Horse Competition, a Jumping Rabbit Contest, a Woodsmen Field Day Contest and so much more. Admission is $25 for 3-day passes, or $10 per person per day; kids 12 and under are free.

Gate City Brewfest and Wing Competition

Saturday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The Gate City Brewfest and Wing Competition is an annual brew festival that takes place this weekend at historic Holman Stadium in Nashua. Not only is it a great place for craft beer aficionado's, but it is also a great place to bring the family. We have activities for children, a cornhole tournament (must qualify in a preliminary tournament), live music and a chicken wing competition. The GCBF is put on by members of Bellavance Beverage, NH Craft Beer Alliance, 96.5 The Mill, 92.5 The River, The City of Nashua, Nashua PAL and the Nashua Silver Knights. Proceeds benefit local Nashua charities. The event features handcrafted beer from local and regional craft breweries including 603 Brewery, Concord Craft Brewing, Tuckerman, Canterbury Ale Works, Granite Roots, Sea Dog, Shipyard Brewing and many more. Tickets are $10 - $35. While in Nashua, check out the 65th Greeley Park Art Show on Saturday, featuring 60 artists from 28 cities and towns throughout NH and MA.

157th Children's Fair

Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The 157th Annual Children's Fair - yes, you read that right - is taking place this weekend at New Ipswich Congregational Church. The Children's Area features games for all children of all ages along with hayrides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, authentic henna tattoos, bounce houses and more. There will be lunchtime entertainment for the children featuring Dan Grady and his marvelous marionettes. Grab your lunch and sit on the grass and watch the show. There will also be musical performances throughout the day featuring music by Mike Ordway and other local talent. This year the regular Auction will be replaced by a Silent Auction. In lieu of a live auctioneer, the participants will write their bid on a form on the item with their number and the highest bidder will win the item. Enjoy a large selection of food, a book sale, garden shoppe, Rummage Sale, and more. Admission is free.

Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest

Sunday, 12 p.m.
Things are getting hot, hot, hot in Henniker this weekend, as the Henniker Rotary Club celebrates its Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest. Attracting some 2,000 visitors to Pats Peak Ski Area, the Festival proceeds benefit local, regional, and international service and humanitarian projects sponsored by the Rotary Club. Judge two chili tasting competitions, one for area restaurants and another for individuals and service organizations. Contest entrants will be judged on the creativity of the recipe, the overall taste and appeal of the chili and the ability for the chili to be produced in mass quantities. The public will crown the "Peoples' Choice" award winners in both categories. Event includes chili sampling and voting, barbeque, classic car show, activities for kids and a variety of chili-inspired booths and vendors. Get your belly in shape for this one - it's a favorite annual event of ours! Admission is $12.

We Are One Festival: African, Caribbean and Latino Celebration

Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Celebrate the diversity of New Hampshire at the We Are One Festival: an African Caribbean and Latino Celebration this weekend at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester. The festival brings together the oldest Latino and African centered cultural festival in New Hampshire. Latino Unidos established the Latino Festival in 2000 and Ujima Collective founded the African/Caribbean celebration in 2001 to address issues of social isolation and cultural alienation. They combined their efforts to celebrate their unique ancestry, their common cultural heritage and their shared interested because we are "better together." The festival brings together the communities to celebrate this unique heritage through food, art, music, dance and more. Admission is free.

Alan Jackson - Lee Ann Womack

Friday, 8 p.m.
Alan Jackson will perform at the Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford this weekend. Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. He is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who've written more than 20 songs that they've recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of SoundScan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. He has 50 Top Ten hits and 35 Number one hits (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers) and he's earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP's Founders and Golden Note Awards. Whew, that's a long list! Lee Ann Womack, one of the most well-known female country artists, will open the show. Tickets are $39.75 - $106.75.

White Mountain Boogie 'N' Blues Festival

All Weekend
Head north to the White Mountain Boogie 'N' Blues Festival at the Sugar Shack Campground in Thornton this weekend. This festival of blues music is the largest outdoor blues festival in New Hampshire. It's now in its 22nd year and the festival brings some of the best regional and national blues artists to the stage. This year's lineup will feature Davy Knowles, Tas Cru, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Thornetta Davis, Eric Gales, Zac Harmon, Heather Gillis, and many other amazing artists. Don't miss a day of this event - or heck, spend the whole weekend if you can! Tickets are $40 - $70.

Fisher Cats Food Truck Festival

Friday, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.,
Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We know, we know. There's been a food truck event of some sort every weekend this summer. The thing is.....we love food. We hope you do too! All the trucks, and there's a lot of them, will be at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester this weekend. Grab a slice of Sal's Pizza, dine on Empanada Dada, snack on Canterbury Kettle Corn, get cheesy with Prime Time Grilled Cheese, B's Tacos, Alburritos, the Tracy Girl Food Truck and some desserts like Ice Cream For You or Clyde's Cupcakes. There will be lawn games like corn hole, giant connect 4, tic tac toe, and more. On Saturday, there will be face painting and a kids area, plus live music throughout the day. Admission is free.

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