RAYMOND — The 44th annual Raymond Town Fair is promising something for all ages this weekend with everything from outhouse and wife-carrying races to dog and children’s parades.
The fair kicked off Friday and runs through Sunday at the town common.
The three-day event features traditional fair food, rides, games, Saturday night fireworks and other fun activities to bring families together.
“It’s community pride. Come sit, relax, enjoy. Isn’t that what it’s all about in life?” said Steve Welch, who heads up the fair committee and is one of about five core volunteers.
For many who grew up in town, the annual fair brings back memories of their childhood and those hot summers spent hanging out with friends and family.
William Cyr was raised in Raymond and recently moved back to town. He brought his daughter Jazmyn, 8, to experience her first Raymond fair.
“It’s just a small-town fair. It’s exactly what it’s supposed to be,” he said.
Jazmyn couldn’t wait to climb on the “Scrambler” ride.
“I like to ride things that are very fast that make me (sick),” she said, smiling.
The fair is an opportunity for Boy Scout Troop 3 to hold a silent auction outside the Congregational Church of Raymond. The auction, which features more than 350 items, is the troop’s biggest fundraiser of the year.
“We currently have 21 Scouts and our troop always has a lot of special needs Scouts. We’re one of two troops in New Hampshire that the Boy Scout council refers families with autistic children. We’ve had a lot of success with autistic children,” Scoutmaster Jonathan McCosh said.
Jim Richardson, 74, of Deerfield, and his wife, Patricia, 71, manned the fun slide Friday night. He said he worked in the amusement business for 50 years, but has since retired. He and his wife of 53 years still enjoy lending a hand to work the fair if they get a call from Fanelli Amusement Company.
“When you’ve been in the business for 50 years it’s just something that you enjoy. It’s pretty much a family show,” he said.
Newly appointed Town Manager Joe Ilsley attended the fair with his wife and two children for the first time Friday.
“Any time you have a community that pulls together and focuses on the family, then you’re doing the right thing,” he said.