Deerfield Fair Next Weekend!

The 138th annual Deerfield Fair begins Thursday, September 25 2014 and will last through Sunday, September 28, 2014. The fair hosts a number of events, from tractor pulls for the farmer-at-heart, to amusement park rides for the kid-at-heart. From fried dough and loaded sausages, to pig scrambles and demolition derbies, the Deerfield Fair attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Gates open at 8 AM, with the opening ceremony kicking off four days of fun at 9 AM. Events today include the Super Pumpkin and Squash Weigh-Off, Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals performing throughout the day, a Woodsman’s Contest, and much more. Other events throughout the weekend include horse and cattle pulls, the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant, dog demonstrations, swine judging and much more.Special performances during the weekend can be expected by the Granite State Cloggers, BJ

The Deerfield Fair is held in Deerfield on Route 43 each year. Click the image to see a full size Google map and to get directions to the fair.

Hickman Master Magician, Dan Grady’s Marvelous Marionettes, Dick Kaplan’s Excellent Jazz Band, and more. These performances can be seen at various stages throughout the fairgrounds, including the Relaxation Grove Stage, the Show Stage and Circus Stage, and the Bandstand.Other fun activities at the fair include amusement park rides and a chance to see many different kinds of animals like sheep, cows, chickens, ducks, pigs, horses, and more. Children can even pet some of the animals and watch as cows are milked.

Admission into the fair is $10 per adult (13 and older), with children 12 and under free. Seniors 65 and older are only $7 on Thursday and Friday. Gates are open from 8 AM until 9 PM on Thursday,  8 AM until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday, and from 8 AM to 7 PM on Sunday. Parking for the fair is free!

For more information, including the fair’s schedule of events and map of the fairgrounds, visit the Deerfield Fair website. Be sure to watch this video for a look at all the fun that is the Deerfield Fair!

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2014 Horizon Hobby Air Meet at the Maine Jet Rally & Model Expo

Last year I stumbled upon an unusual event the weekend after Labor Day in Sanford, Maine. It was the 2013 Horizon Hobby Air meet at the Maine Jet Rally and Model Expo. It was an event like none I had been to before. There were model planes, jets, helicopters, off road vehicles, street racers and full size aerobatic stunt planes. This year the event is continuing it’s tradition by offering the largest event of it’s kind in the entire USA.

An A-10 Warthog prepares for landing

This years event is September 4th through the 7th. The full schedule is towards the end of this article. Last years event was spectacular so I can only wait to see what this year has in store for us.

Some of these RC Aircraft have over a 4 foot wingspan

The event is held at the Sanford Seacoast Regional Airport in Sanford, Maine which is about 90 minutes from Londonderry. The event is open to the public and charges a nominal fee to get in Adults are $10, children 6-12 are $5 and kids 5 and under are FREE! There is plenty of FREE parking and food vendors, there are no ATM’s and many of the food vendors do not accept credit cards so plan accordingly.

Some of these RC Aircraft have smoke just like their full size counterparts

Events are planned from Thursday through Sunday. You will see RC superstars in each of their own fields fly and drive their amazing vehicles. Many World Champion Aerobatic pilots will be at the event to wow you with their amazing skills. You will be able to see a night flying demonstration on Saturday evening. You will even be able to visit special areas where you can “Try Me” by flying an RC Airplane, RC Off-Road Car, or an RC Flight Simulator.

MA ANG 104th Fighter Squadron was represented at last years event

There will also be demonstrations of FPV (First Person View) multi-rotor helicopters. These are a new development in the RC world where you put on a set of goggles and see what it’s like to actually fly a quad-copter. Similar vehicles are currently in use by the many branches of the US Armed Services.


The amount of detail in some of these planes is just incredible. I was told that there could be hundreds hours of labor in some of these highly detailed aircraft. This particular F-4 Phantom has over 1,000 hours of work in the assembly, painting, turbines, and electrical systems. It even has working lights just like a real aircraft.

In the pictures here you can see why. These RC aircraft are just as detailed as the real thing.

This event is fun for the whole family. Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your grandparents for a fun filled weekend of flying and racing. Don’t forget sunscreen as the sun is strong even though we’re already in September. You may need hearing protection as the jets are real turbine powered aircraft and they can really scream.

Look at the detail on this A-10 Warthog.

Maine Jet Rally & Model Expo 2014 Event Schedule
Thursday September 4
12:00 PM till 7:00 PM – Open participation and practice all venues.

WWII Era ME-262 flies for the crowd

Friday September 5
8:30 AM till 7:00 PM – Open participation and practice all flying venues.
8:30 AM till 6:00 PM – Open participation and practice car racing venue.
6:00 PM till 9:00 PM – On road Club Racing on the asphalt track.
7:00 PM till 9:00 PM – Practice Night Show at the jet flying venue.

Dan Marcotte flies his full size aerobatic plane for the audience

Saturday September 6
8:30 AM till 12:30 PM – Open participation and practice all flying venues.
8:30 AM till 10:00 AM – Open participation and practice at car racing venue.
10:00 AM till 6:00 PM – R/C Car qualifying heats all classes.
10:00 AM till 12:30 PM – Control Line Combat Event at control line venue.
12:30 PM till 1:30 PM – Featured flying model demonstrations at jet venue.
1:30 PM till 2:00 PM – Full scale aerobatic demonstration featuring Matt Chapman/Dan Marcotte.
2:00 PM till 6:00 PM – Open participation and practice at all flying venues.
6:00 PM till 6:30 PM – “Fan Favorite” Freestyle event at the jet venue.
6:30 PM till 6:45 PM – Full scale aerobatic demonstration featuring Matt Chapman/Dan Marcotte
6:45 PM till 7:45 PM – Featured flying model demonstrations at jet venue.
7:45 PM till 8:45 PM – Featured night flying demonstrations at jet venue.

Night Flying Demonstration - Image Used with Permission

Sunday September 7
8:30 AM till 12:30 PM – Open participation and practice all flying venues.
8:30 AM till 10:00 AM – Open participation and practice at car racing venue.
10:00 AM till 4:00 PM – R/C Car Main Event races all classes.
10:00 AM till 12:30 PM – Control Line Stunt Event at control line venue.
12:30 PM till 1:30 PM – Featured flying model demonstrations at jet venue.
1:30 PM till 2:00 PM – Full scale aerobatic demonstration featuring Matt Chapman/Dan Marcotte.
2:00 PM till 3:00 PM – Open participation and practice at all flying venues.

Saturday & Sunday “Try Me” Experience Schedule
Saturday Sept. 6 & Sunday Sept. 7
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10:00 AM till 12:00 PM – Try me airplane flying and racing experiences in operation.
2:30 PM till 4:30 PM – Try me flying and racing experiences in operation (Sat Only).
Control Line Flying – Random times throughout the event.
Helicopter Flying – Random time throughout the event.
Rocket Launches – Random times throughout the event.
All “Try Me” Experiences are subject to equipment reliability and availability !!

Map of the airfield and locations for all events

Huge Rocket Demonstration

Here is a FAQ about the event It lets you know what you can and can’t bring to the event. Coolers are fine, alcohol, weapons, and pets are not allowed. View the PDF so you are prepared.

If you're like me you'll love all the warbirds like this F-86 Sabre

Plan on making a weekend of the event? Here is a list of hotels in the area.

Address to put into your GPS or mapping application
1 Gate House Rd
Sanford, ME 04073

Crowds check out the aircraft

For more information about the Horizon Hobby Air Meet at the Main Jet Rally & Model Expo visit these sites.
http://www.mainejetrally.org/
http://www.usairmeet.com/

For more information about Dan Marcotte visit his website http://www.danmarcotteairshows.com/

For more information about Matt Chapman visit his website http://www.mattchapman.com/

Ray Labonte of Ray and Robin’s Hobby Center in Falmouth, Maine puts on this event with help of many volunteers. Countless hours go into the preparation of an event of this size.

To check out more photos I captured at last years event click this link and it will take you there.

Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view and purchase his outstanding images on his website http://www.petelanglois.net

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Hampton Beach 25th Annual Seafood Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Seafood Festival at Hampton Beach. From the sea to the sky, Hampton Beach will be the hot spot September 5-7, 2014. More than just food and friends, the festival features skydiving, contests, entertainment, and fireworks. The festival hours are 4pm to 9pm on Friday, 10am to 9pm on Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday.

Admission for this event is as follows:.

Friday- $5 Per Adult
Saturday- $8 Per Adult
Sunday- $5 Per Adult
Children Under 12 get in free!

A portion of admission proceeds go to support the Hampton Rotary Club. Parking is also free.

The Seaside Festival features:

  • 60 of the Seacoast’s top restaurants serving an abundance of mouthwatering seafood.  Choose from favorites like fried clams, shrimp, and lobster (steamed, fried, or in a roll) to non-seafood items like BBQ Ribs, “Blooming Onions” and sumptuous desserts.
  • 80 Arts & Crafts vendors promoting locally made products and hundreds of Ocean Boulevard merchants offering end-of-the-season Sidewalk Sales.
  • Continuous Entertainment on two stages featuring 15 Bands and Orchestras playing a variety of music — Blues, Jazz, the Oldies but Goodies, and even a little Rock & Roll!
  • Kiddie Land – Featuring the best in Children’s Celebrities, Magicians, Jugglers, Clowns, Face Painting & Games.
  • Spectacular fireworks display — Saturday at 8:15 PM.
  • A “Don’t Miss” thrilling Skydiving demonstration, Sunday at 5 PM.
  • Pat Whitley Culinary Chef Demonstrations Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM.
  • A 200 foot beverage tent serving beer and wine!
  • A beach cabana bar in the sand!
  • 4th Annual Lobster Roll Eating Contest Saturday, 2:00 pm

For more information call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce at (603)-926-8718 or click here.

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Pay What You Weigh at the Mall of New Hampshire

The Mall of New Hampshire’s Simon Kidgits Club wants families to come together and join the Mall of New Hampshire every Tuesday night at 5:30pm for some yummy fun!

Children will weigh themselves at the mall’s Kidgits Pay What You Weigh table and pay one penny per pound for dinner and one penny per pound for dessert, with a $.50 minimum, for meals offered by participating food court tenants including Bertucci’s, Gloria Jeans’s, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Arby’s, Regina Pizzeria and D’Angelo’s.

Kids must be a Simon Kidgits Club member to participate. Non-members can sign up with $5 annual membership fee the night of the event or at Simon Guest Services. The last day of this event is August 12th.

 

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33rd Annual Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally is this weekend

It’s that time of year again. The time when hot air balloons fill the skies above Drake Field in Pittsfield, NH. 18 hot air balloons are scheduled to fly this weekend starting Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. Pilots and their balloons will be traveling from all over New England and as far away as Dayton, OH to participate in this years rally.

As always the hot air balloons are the main attraction at this event but there are plenty of things to do between launches. From a pancake breakfast, a midway carnival, craft and vendor fair, tethered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides (Provided by JBI Helicopters), various food vendors, live acts and music, a 5K memorial road race, fireworks, and a spectacular hot air balloon night glow. You won’t be bored at this great event.

Picture of hot air balloons inflating on Drake Field.
Last year I went up in JBI’s Bell 206-B III Jet Ranger (N803JB) to see if I could get some pictures of the field with balloons inflating. Unlike 2012, last year I had much better luck getting shots of balloons from the air as you can see above. The view from the helicopter is great you can see breathtaking views of Drake’s Field, the Suncook Valley and surrounding area. For a $25.00 per person donation it’s one of the best rides you can go on. If you are adventurous ask for a “HOT Ride” which will give you more of the roller coaster feel.

View of Drake's Field in Pittsfield from JBI Helicopter's N808JB


I have found the best times to view the balloons is during the early AM launches. The balloons typically take off around 5:30AM which means you probably want to leave around 4:00AM from Londonderry so you can stake out your spot as it’s just under an hour to get there. I’ve taken some spectacular shots on that super calm Suncook River where it’s like a mirror reflecting the balloons. Unfortunately the kayaks disturb the usually mirror like water with their wake.

When many balloons are in the air at once it makes for a dramatic picture. This is why I get up at 3:00AM on a Saturday in August. The peacefulness of seeing these balloons glide over the water and through the air is amazing.

The night glows on Friday and Saturday nights are a sight to be seen. The balloons are inflated but do not leave the ground. The burners which put out 7 to 10 million BTU’s an hour are put into a special mode to produce more light into the envelope instead of heat to generate lift. This makes for a unique sight. The balloon can look dramatically different during a night glow than it does during the day.
Balloon Night Glow

Saturday night is capped off by a spectacular fireworks show!

    ***Full Schedule***

Friday, August 1
3:00PM – Midway Carnival Rides Open
* 4:00PM – 6:00PM – Helicopter & Tethered Balloon Rides
* 5:30PM – Hot Air Balloons Liftoff (weather permitting)
6:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage
* 8:30PM – Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting)
7:00PM – 9:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage

Saturday, August 2
* 5:30AM – Balloons Liftoff
5:30AM – Pancake Breakfast
10:00AM – 3:00PM – Antique & Classic Car Show
10:00AM – 8:00PM – Craft & Artisans Show
11:00AM – 9:00PM – Midway Vendors & Carnival Rides
* 2:00PM – 8:00PM – Helicopter Rides
* 4:00PM – Tethered Balloon Rides Begin
* 5:30PM – Hot Air Balloons Launch
6:00PM – 9:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage
* 8:30PM – Hot Air Balloon Night Glow!
9:30PM – Fireworks Extravaganza!!! (Fireworks sponsored by Rotary & Corporate Sponsors)

Sunday, August 3
* 5:30AM – Hot Air Balloons Final Liftoff
5:45AM – Rotary Scrambled Egg & Bacon Breakfast
9:00AM – Frank Donovan Memorial 5K Road Race
* Weather Permitting

***LOCATION***
Drake’s Field Pittsfield New Hampshire via Google Maps

Click HERE for a larger Map of Pittsfield including Drake’s Field and parking locations

***FEES***
Entrance: FREE ($5.00 suggested donation)
Parking: FREE
Shuttles between parking lots and field: $1/Person (Each Ride)
Food, Beverages, Carnival Amusements, Helicopter Rides, & Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides all have separate charges.

The Sizzler

***RULES***
No Smoking, NO PETS, except service animals (due to food being served) . Bags, coolers, backpacks and other containers except for childcare and medical needs are not allowed. No: cans, glass, alcohol, skateboards, bikes or weapons. are allowed. All bags subject to inspection.

Morning Launch over the Suncook River

Morning Launch over the Suncook River

***Hot Air Balloon Launch Schedule: (Weather Permitting)***
Friday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 5:30 – 6:00 am Dawn Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 8:30 pm Night Glow (Hot Air Balloons Light Up On Ground, No Launch)
Sunday: 5:30 – 6:00 am Dawn Farewell Mass Ascension Balloon Liftoff

About JBI Helicopters
Located in Pembroke, NH, JBI Helicopter Services has been providing reliable, safe, professional services to customers in the Northeast and throughout the country since 1983. Their fleet includes 5 Bell 206 B-III Jet Rangers and a Garlick OH-58A. They also manage, maintain and operate other privately owned aircraft.

JBI is a Bell Certified Customer Service Facility and an FAA Certified Repair Station. Their professional, factory trained technicians perform high quality maintenance on a variety of Bell airframes at their on site state-of-the-art repair and maintenance facility.

All JBI pilots are FAA certified, instrument rated and are OAS / USFS carded. Each pilot completes Bell Factory Recurrent Training annually.

Here are some previous articles on the Pittsfield Rally with other pictures.
2011 Article
2012 Article
2013 Article

Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view and purchase his outstanding images on his website http://www.petelanglois.net

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Children’s Festival at Hampton Beach

Starting Monday, August 11th is the annual Children’s Festival at Hampton Beach. This event lasts until August 15th. Enjoy five days of free activities for your kids including sandcastle contests, costume parades, Magic Show, and Children’s Entertainment on the Sea Shell Stage. A Giant Costume Parade that marches almost the length of Hampton Beach will be on Friday, August 15th. Every child gets a prize just for being in it! There will also be free ice cream and Coca-Cola for you to enjoy.

The Children’s Festival will kick off with a magic show by BJ Hickman and building up to a giant costume parade that stretches almost the length of the beach. Have some summer fun with the family at the beach!

Click here for a full schedule of activities for the week. All Children’s Festival activities are free and open to the public. For more information call the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce office at (603) 926-8717.

There is also a chance to win a new bike! Write a creative Kid’s Slogan for Hampton Beach! It will be used for a Summer 2015 Bumper Sticker.

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