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Milford Pumpkin Festival 2013

The 24th Annual Milford Pumpkin Festival will be held from Friday October 11th through Sunday the 13th.  As in prior years, the events will be centered in and around the Oval (Union Square) in downtown Milford (at the junction of state routes 101A and 13).

There will be a host of events – local singers and bands, a Great Pumpkin contest, pumpkin catapulting, a chili contest, and countless other activities for people of all ages.  An arts and crafts fair will be held in Town Hall (3rd floor) and along Middle Street on Saturday and Sunday.

Milf Twn Hall

Younger visitors might like scarecrow making, the haunted trail (in Emerson Park on Friday and Saturday 6-9PM), face painting, and pumpkin painting.  For older folks, there will be a beer, wine, and spirits tasting on Friday evening, followed by fireworks on the Oval at 8:45.

Saturday is filled with activities, including pumpkin catapulting (10AM to 2PM; TD Bank parking lot), the pumpkin lighting at the Oval at 5:30, the Zombie Walk from 6 to 9PM, and the Talent Show (at the Amato Theater) at 8PM.

Sunday will start with the Milford 5K Run/Walk Road Race, leaving from the high school at 9AM, followed by pumpkin catapulting (10 to 2) and the Spank Alley Skate Team at 11AM.

Milf Pump Fes

To satisfy appetites, all three days there will be vendors featuring typical autumn foods and other fare – hot cider, doughnuts, smoked ribs, soups, etc.  The Unitarian Universalist Church (nearby on Elm Street) will feature a Harvest Pantry Shop with jams, preserves, and other pantry favorites 10AM – 4PM Saturday.

Milf Pump Fest 2012

Hours for the Milford Pumpkin Festival will be: Friday 5 to 8:45PM; Saturday 10AM to 8:30PM, and Sunday 7:30AM to 3PM.  For more information, purchasing advance tickets, and a full schedule, visit the Milford Pumpkin Festival website.

Fall Foliage 2013

New Hampshire’s fall foliage season is a great time to explore our surroundings.  A leisurely drive in the country is often the best way to discover some of the most colorful vistas anywhere.


Here are some guides to help make your exploring memorable:

The state government sponsored Visit NH: Foliage pages are updated weekly with detailed reports on how colorful the foliage is in the Merrimack Valley, the Monadnock Region, the Seacoast, and other areas of New Hampshire.  The Foliage Tracker predicts the intensity of color for each area of the state on a day by day basis based on previous’ years; it also has a smartphone app for it.

New sponsors a “Foliage Meter” which graphically shows how much the leaves have turned in the various regions of New Hampshire.  It also recommends foliage tours in each area with maps illustrating the routes to follow.   

Fall, Silver Lake, Hollis’s New England Travel section lists several websites with tips on where to go and what to do to enjoy the fall foliage season in New Hampshire.

Yankee Magazine’Foliage site not only has a map of current conditions; it also has a map showing when and where the foliage should be at its peak based on previous years.  Scenic drives, “The Top 25 Foliage Towns” in New England (including several in New Hampshire) and other features are also included.

If you are interested in why leaves change color, check out the explanation on the Weather Channel’s website.

Hills Memorial Chapel, Hudson

Just about any country road will be festooned with color this season – it’s a great time to enjoy nature.  Take the time out to take a drive and drink in the natural beauty of New Hampshire.


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Schnitzelfest 2013

The 11th Annual Schnitzelfest will be held Saturday September 28 in Hillsborough. Come taste some of the most authentic Deutsch dishes this side of the Atlantic, overseen by German-born John Heer and his wife Judi of Hillsborough’s well-known German John’s Bakery. Schnitzel is the highlight of the festivities, but there will be plenty of bratwurst, knackwurst, German pretzels, sauerkraut, wieners, and German potato salad. Beer and wine will be readily available, so you can raise your stein to the oom-pah band and other entertainers. Desserts featured include kuchen, apple strudel, and schnecken. Crafters will be selling a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts.  This festival is supported by the Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.  Schnitzelfest will be held rain or shine from 11AM to 5PM on the 28th at Butler Park, at the corner of West Main and Central streets in Hillsborough. Admission is free.

10th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester

The 10th Annual Taste of Downtown Manchester is being held on Wednesday September 18th from 5 to 8PM.  Twenty-five eateries are participating, including Café LaReine, Finesse Pastries, Fratello’s, Molly’s Tavern, The Patio, and The Wild Rover.  Ticket-holders will be able to sample the restaurants’ fare at over two dozen locations on and around Elm Street, from E-Vision Eye Care at 1093 Elm to Antiques on Elm at 321 Elm, and locations on Chestnut, Hanover, and Mechanic streets.                                                                                  Manchester City Hall

To make this a multisensory experience,  entertainers will be performing at several locations, including the Palace Theater, Brady Sullivan Plaza, and Studio 550, and art work by local artists will be on display at Gentle Dental, Muse Paint Bar, Brady Sullivan Plaza, and Vino Aroma’s.

To find participating establishments, look for a red balloon out front and a strawberry poster on the front door, or pick up a free map at the Intown Manchester Office at 1000 Elm Street or online here.

Tickets are available in advance online for $ 20 plus a processing fee on this website; tickets will be $ 25 the day of the Taste; children under 10 are free. There will be free parking in the downtown area the night of the Taste of Downtown Manchester.

The Fall 2013 Young Eagles Rally at the Nashua Airport

Young Eagles flights will be taking off from Boire Field at the Nashua Airport on Saturday October 5th.  If you are between the ages of 8 and 17 and interested in flying – or just seeing Nashua from the air – drop by the Nashua Airport to get a free ride!

There is no obligation; totally free, the flights are provided by local licensed pilots who want to bring their love of flying to others. Most of the planes are single-engine crafts based at the Nashua Airport.


Participants must be 8 to 17 years old, be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and must register between 10AM and 1PM at the Young Eagles Rally table near Infinity Aviation, 117 Perimeter Road.

Flights will be taking off every few minutes. The planes will be leaving from Infinity Aviation, which is hosting the rally. In addition to free flights, Nashua Flight Simulator will be offering free rides in a flight simulator, and there will be several interesting planes on display. The Midfield Café will be serving refreshments.


This international program is enjoyed by over 100,000 kids a year; over 1.6 million in 90 countries have participated. Kids taking a fight will receive a certificate naming them an official Young Eagle.   They will also receive a Learn To Fly handbook and have their name entered in the Logbook at the Experimental Aircraft Association headquarters.

In case of inclement weather, the Young Eagles Flights will be held on Sunday, October 6th.  For more information about the Young Eagles Program, check out their website.  In 2010 students at Nashua High School South produced a great informative video about the Young Eagle Rally at the Nashua Airport.  To see this video on YouTube, click here.


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The 2013 Deerfield Fair

This fall the Deerfield Fair will take place from Thursday September 26th through Sunday the 29th at the Deerfield fairgrounds, 34 Stage Road (State Route 43) in Deerfield.  Its hours will be: Thursday 8AM – 9PM; Friday and Saturday 8AM – 10PM; and Sunday 8AM – 7PM.

The granddaddy of aggie fairs is celebrating 137 years. Numerous livestock shows and educational 4-H programs will fill all the hours of the fair.  For entertainment, there will be strolling performers; shows by puppeteers, magicians, clowns, singers, and country bands; midway rides; the Flying Wallendas Family Circus; pig scrambles; and horse, tractor, and antique tractor pulls. Cow at a Fair

There will be competitions in over 20 broad areas, with numerous awards given for everything from handicrafts and creative writing to the more usual livestock and produce categories. Daily highlights: Thursday – the Barn Fire Trio and the All Together Now Band; Friday – the Miss Deerfield Fair Pageant; Saturday – the Heel and Toe Square Dancers; Sunday – the Annual Demolition Derby.

The Deerfield Fair Horse Show runs concurrently with the Fair.  Horses will be vying in over 175 competitions.  Click here for the horse show schedule.

Horses at a Fair

Admission: $ 10 for adults and children 13 and over; children 12 and younger, free.  Seniors admitted for $ 7 on Thursday and Friday; military with ID admitted free of charge every day.  Advance ticket purchases are just $ 8/each until September 22nd; they are available at the fairgrounds office; Radio Grove Hardware, Raymond; Candia General Store, Candia; J.R. Rosencrantz & Sons in Derry and Kensington; Deerfield Veterinary Clinic, Deerfield; and Yannis Pizza in Deerfield. Tickets may be purchased online on this webpage. Campsites are available.

You can find more information on the Deerfield Fair by clicking here.