Hillsborough Balloon Festival Starts this Thursday!

The Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair is a major four day event held in Hillsborough, New Hampshire each summer. Featuring an Artist’s Fair, parade, and of course hot air balloons, the event was created by merging the former Hillsborough Firemen’s Weekend and Hillsborough Balloon Festival.

Along with the typical thrill rides and games of the Carnival Midway, the Festival also features music groups, demos, dancers, and fireworks. Special balloon liftoffs, a Balloon Night Glow, and balloon demonstrations are also planned throughout the weekend.

The festival and fair begins this Thursday night, July 17, 2014, at 6 PM with special ticket prices for the carnival rides and performances on stage. The fair closes 10 PM Thursday, but reopens Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5 PM. Along with more deals on rides and performances on stage, the Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting) will take place at 8 PM Friday night; the fair closes at 11 PM Friday.

Parking for the event is $5, but admission into the festival is free; some activities do require additional fees, however. The festival will be held at Grimes Field in Hillsborough, NH.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit the Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair website!


Reserve Tickets for 4th of July Party Train

The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, New Hampshire will be hosting a special Fourth of July Family Party Train on Friday, July 4th. Tickets are just  $20, and free for ages 2 and under. Voted Best Ride for Kids by New Hampshire Magazine, the Hobo Railroad is fun for all ages. The train is by reservation only. Boarding starts from the Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln at 6:30pm, leaving at 7:00pm.

One ticket includes a 1 hr and 20 minute train ride including hot dogs, chips, a cold beverage, and ice cream with also party favors on the train. Entertainment on the train is provided by Hobo Buddy the Clown. After the train ride the Lincoln-Woodstock fireworks show will start off from the parking lot at 9:30pm.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, click here.


The 47th Annual Stratham Fair Returns This Summer!

What began as the 250th anniversary celebration of Stratham, and included just a Lobster Bake and Horse Pulling, has grown into a family event that pulls in more than 20,000 people each year. The summertime tradition of the Stratham Fair, located in the small town of Stratham, New Hampshire, will continue this year. Beginning Thursday, July 17, and running through Sunday, July 20, the fair will boast a number of rides, entertainment, and food.

Those who have attended over the years can count on seeing old familiar events right beside the newest ones! You can see Horse Pulls and Lobster Festival that started it all, Oxen Pulls, 4-H Exhibits and Activities, the Miss Stratham Fair Pageant, the Pie Eating Contest, the Pig Scramble, the Chicken Bar-B-Q, Demonstrations, Carnival Rides and the Midway, the Sunday Night Fireworks and plenty more!

Many vendors will be selling different types of arts and crafts during the Stratham Fair.

The fair also acts as a major fundraising event for many organizations throughout the community. This year, the fair will benefit the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department protects homes and businesses in the six square miles that is Stratham. Much of the equipment purchased for the fire department’s use has been paid for by the proceeds of the fair. The fair also helps defray tax costs to the residents of Stratham.

Many vendors will be selling different types of arts and crafts during the Stratham Fair.

Known as one of the oldest fairs in New England, the Stratham Fair began in 1967. The town of Stratham held a small celebration the year before, in honor of the town’s anniversary. When fun was had by all who stopped by, the town decided to continue hosting this great event. Today, the fair is organized and run by a team of volunteers. These volunteers work together to transform the site of the fair from a blank field into a teeming “city.”

Parking for the Stratham Fair is free on the fairgrounds. Admission prices are as follows:

Ride Tickets are $1.25 each:
20 tickets for $21
30 tickets for $29
55 tickets $28

Adult- $8.00
Children 6-12 and Adults 65 and over- $5.00
Children under 6- Free

Grandparent’s Day:
Thursday, grandparents get in free when accompanied by at least one child under 12.

Yellow Ribbon Day:
Friday, free admission for Military Personnel and dependents with ID.

Other discounts and specials are available. Check the website for more details.



Annual Touch-A-Truck Event This Saturday!

The fourth annual Touch-A-Truck event will be held this Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Henry W. Moore School, 12 Deerfield Road in Candia. Starting at 10:00a.m, the Moore School parking lot will be filled with small and large trucks for kids to explore and get behind the wheel, honk  the horn, and talk to the men and woman who operate the vehicles.

For the children’s entertainment, there will be a bounce house and face painting! Drinks and snacks will also be available. The cost is just $5 per person or $20 per family. The Candia Community is pleased to announce that proceeds will benefit New Horizons for New Hampshire. New Horizons for New Hampshire provides food and shelter to people in need and offers supportive services to achieve self-sufficiency. To find out more about New Horizons for New Hampshire, click here.


Simon Kidgits Club Safe Summer Fun at The Mall of NH

This Saturday at 11a.m, The Mall of New Hampshire’s Simon Kidgits Club invites families to attend the Kidgits Club Safe Summer event to have fun with educational games and activities that will teach children how to stay safe this summer. Kids can participate in activities including decorating their own bug and butterfly houses, as well as some coloring fun!

The Manchester Police Department will also be at this event for fingerprinting. All current Simon Kidgits Club members will receive educational “safe summer” materials from the Red Cross and a goodie bag when they arrive. New and renewed Kidgits Club members will receive a special Simon Kidgits Club Welcome Pack.


Upcoming Hampton Beach Sand Sculpture Competition

Wednesday, June 18th, is the start of Hampton’s famous sand sculpting competition at Hampton Beach. 250 tons of imported sand is reportedly dropped on Hampton Beach every year for this event. Dozens of people travel to Hampton Beach this time of year to compete and show off their sculpting skills. When the competitors are finished, the sand is sprayed with windscreen, a solution of school glue and water, so that people can view the master pieces on the beach for weeks after they are sculpted. You can view these sandy sculptures through July 6th!This competition began in 2000 when Greg Grady was requested to create the tail side of the New Hampshire State quarter during the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival. The following year, the first annual competition was held and has continued ever since. Grab your sunblock and beach chairs and come to Hampton Beach and check out these amazing sculptures!