Looking for something fun to do with the kids this weekend? Today kicks off the start of the 23rd Annual North Country Moose Festival in New Hampshire. Yes, you read that right — Moose Festival! Festivities begin today with the Street Fair in downtown Colebrook, NH., and continues tomorrow and Sunday with a Moose Stew Cook Off, Moose Calling Contest, live music, food and craft vendors, and more. Plus, plan a weeklong vacation in the area and enjoy the 144th Annual Lancaster Fair, which runs from Aug. 27 to Sept. 1, for rides, food, live music, contests and more.
The 23rd Annual Moose Festival offers families free admission with the donation of a non-perishable food item and then three days of family fun. Start your weekend with the Street Fair at 3 p.m. and check out the various local vendors, the Uncommon Folk Band, Moose Cruise Classic Car Parade and more. A free Kidz Korner will be set up at the Tillotson Center on Carriage Lane from 3 to 6 p.m. and a ventriloquist and magic show will take place at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, families can enjoy activities across two towns — Canaan, V.T., and Colebrook, N.H. Enjoy a Moose Watchers Breakfast between 7 and 10 a.m. in Canaan and then head to the Country Fair. Admission to the fair is $12 for a family of four (two kids under 15) and will host craft and food vendors, a Kidz Korner, the Moose Stew Cook Off, a Maple Syrup Tasting Contest, and more. In Colebrook, N.H., families can wake up with the Murphy the Moose’s Trail Run at 9 a.m. and then wind down in the evening with a performance by Alex Smith of the Mountain Folk Band.
Sunday marks the last day of the festival with events and activities across three towns — Pittsburg, N.H., West Stewartstown, N.H., and Colebrook, N.H. Fuel up for the day in West Stewartstown with a breakfast at St. Albert’s Hall. Then visit the Maple Ridge Farm in Pittsburg for animal visits, live music, the farm museum and more between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Finally, bring the family to Colebrook for a summer picnic ($5 per meal) and a concert at 7 p.m.
If your family decides to stick around for the Lancaster Fair be sure to check out the horse shows, pig scramble, truck pull, demolition derby, food vendors, live music and more. Admission is $15 per adult and free for children under 42 inches tall. Parking is free. The festival runs from Wednesday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
– Hilarey Wojtowicz