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Grand Events in July 2014 

Below are some of the Grand Events this month. Check back often as this page is updated each month. For a complete list of events with the ability to search by date, visit the Events page.

Poore Farm Open Barn Celebration | July 6

The Poore Farm opens its doors at 11 a.m. for its 20th Annual Open Barn Celebration, which includes an American Mountain Men Reenactment. Visitors can learn about the early trappers and traders of the area and see first hand what life was like on the frontier and how the guns of the day work. Free birthday cake and lemonade. Music by Harold Boydston, playing authentic western cowboy tunes on guitar and mandolin. Hope Manseau will demonstrate rug weaving on the Poore Family loom. Suggested donation, $5. Directions: 7 miles north of Colebrook, on Route 145, Stewartstown. 
Information: (603) 237-5500 • www.PooreFarm.org

Ricky Nelson Remembered Concert | July 12

Fans of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Ricky Nelson will love this concert of great music and great memories from Ricky Nelson’s twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson! This is a FREE concert sponsored by the Noyes Free Lecture Fund commemorating the Town of Lancaster’s 250 year Anniversary. 4 p.m. at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, Route 3, Lancaster.
Information: (603) 788-2530 

2nd Annual Gorham ArtWalk | July 15

Enjoy watching artists demonstrate their skills and purchase works of art and fine crafts directly from them. Stop by the farmers market and pick up some fresh local produce, breads, jams, flowers, plants and much more. Eat at local restaurants, shop in the stores that are open late for shopping, and listen to local musicians and Miss NH Scholarship Program Titleholders. 5-8 p.m. Rain or shine. If you miss the July ArtWalk you can catch it again on August 12.
Information: (603) 752-6060 • info@androscogginvalleychamber.com

“Banjos, Bones and Ballads” | July 17

The Summit Lodge at Weeks State Park is the beautiful setting for this FREE concert by Jeff Warner, who is counted among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives — and artistry — of 19th century Americans. His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past. 7 p.m. Weeks State Park, Route 3, Lancaster.
Information: (603) 586-7128

Bretton Woodstock Mountain Festival
July 19 & 20

This family-friendly festival has something for everyone! The two-day, action packed event will feature two Mountain Bike races, the Recycled 5K Adventure Race, live music, great food and brew fest, family friendly games, tons of demos and raffle prizes from various local and national vendors. Plus free overnight camping on the property (all camping must be in designated zones). Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of each event; there will also be prizes for the "All-Mountain Enduro," meaning those who compete in all three events: the XC Bike Race, the Downhill Bike Race, and the Adventure Race. Bretton Woods Adventure Center, 99 Ski Area Road, Bretton Woods.
Information: (603) 278-8989 • mwconcierge@omnihotels.com

Stewartstown Day + Sugar on Snow + Ballgames | August 1-3

Stewartstown Day is a three-day celebration that kicks off with the 66th Annual Sugar on Snow Social at Fletcher Park in Canaan on Friday (Info: kennstransky@gmail.com), followed by the coronation of the Queen, music and fireworks. Saturday’s events include a parade, bounce house, clowns, face painting, horse rides, food, fortune telling, raffles, antique cars and fun for all ages! (Info: Patricia at [603] 246-3095). Finish up the day at the Softball Festival Supper provided by Grace Community Church & Village Cultural Center. The 47th Canaan Men's Softball Tournament will be played on Sunday at the Canaan Ball fields. (Info: [802] 266-8900).
Photo: News & Sentinel

Information: nccoc@myfairpoint.net

Sign Up Now! North Country Endurance Challenge

Register now for the September 6 North Country Endurance Challenge. Competitors run, bike and paddle in this multi-sport mountain race in the beautiful wilderness areas of northern New Hampshire. With an estimated finish time of 10-12 hours for the Premiere course and 5-6 hours for the shorter Sprint course, this race attracts bold and spirited competitors ready to challenge themselves running and mountain biking along rugged mountain trails and paddling across pristine bodies of water. This year’s race has $6,000 in cash prizes. Learn more at www.northcountryendurancechallenge.com
Information: (603) 752-6060 • info@androscogginvalleychamber.com

FEATURE STORY | It’s All About the MUDD!
                                  — Plus Much More at the Jericho ATV Festival

The Jericho ATV Festival at the beautiful Jericho State Park and in and around downtown Berlin gets bigger and better each year and this year is, of course, exceptional! The 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival on August 1-3 includes all the usual great events like a poker run, mud pit grudge runs, mud pit races, obstacle course, Wreck the Dress (we love this one!), demo rides, after market vendors, food vendors and a Downtown Block Party, but exciting new events have been added to the Festival lineup. AND AS USUAL … ALL OF BERLIN’S STREETS ARE OPEN TO ATVS!!!  

2014 is the year you can get really down and dirty! The mudpit crew is working on a NEW recipe for MUDDDD that will make the events even better and dare we say MUDDIER!!

Kids will love the Youth ATV Simulator. At the NOVA safety trailer they can test their skills on the ATV simulator and learn some cool safety tips. Also new are the ATV Pulls where you can show us what you’ve got. If you’ve got the moxie you might win a trophy, but we guarantee everyone will have fun, along with an up close and personal encounter with the MUD!

On Saturday, you won’t want to miss the Rave X Freestyle Show, an outstanding display of daredevilry (don’t try this at home!) when a dirt biker and a quad rider from Rave X and the Outer Limits Tour (www.outerlimitstour.com) of South Portland, Maine will perform heart-stopping stunts 20 feet in the air! Tricks include Superman, Cordova, Seatgrab, Heart Attack, Double Grab, Stripper and Shaolin. Don’t miss this fantastic show on August 2 that will include giveaways, meet & greet the riders and autographs.

We know you like the rig you’re riding, but it’s always nice to dream about adding a new one to your stable. For the first time ever the Big Four manufacturers — ARCTIC CAT, YAMAHA, CAN AM & POLARIS — will be at the Festival all at once, demo-ing their new models. The icing on the cake (or the splash on the mudpit) is that Polaris is unveiling their new ATV right here at the Jericho ATV Festival. You won’t want to miss this. Be among the first to see it!  

Another new feature added this year is a display by a local resident of Classic / Vintage ATVs / ATCs. Be sure to check out these beauties from the 1980s.

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. On Friday, ride on in to downtown Berlin for the huge Main Street Block Party. Stores and restaurants will be open, and there will be plenty of fun with music, a beer tent, giveaways, and a Torchlit ATV Parade. 

On Saturday, the action moves to the Notre Dame Arena for a family-friendly evening of music with two bands, Shine and Duke, playing a little bit of Country and a little bit of Rock n’ Roll, a BBQ, beer tent and lots of fun for everyone. Ride on over to the Family Music Festival — the streets are OPEN and there is plenty of free ATV parking.

It’s hard to say goodbye to old and new friends after enjoying two days of ATV MUD fun, so Festival organizers have added a third day! Get the gang together for the Jericho Festival Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning at the Notre Dame Arena. The cooks start serving at 6:30 a.m. so you can fuel up for the day’s events, which include Mud Pit Grudge Runs & ATV Pull Finals.

A New Hampshire registration is required for local and out-of-state riders. Information about New Hampshire’s ATV laws and regulations and how to register your ATV can be found at www.nhstateparks.org/partner-and-community-resources/laws/atving.aspx.

Jericho Mountain State Park is located off Route 110 west in Berlin. Learn more about the Jericho ATV Festival at www.jerichoatvfestival.com.

The 5th Annual Jericho ATV Festival is presented by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club. The Festival Committee includes city and state officials, law enforcement, Fish & Game, NH State Trails Bureau and many hard working volunteers. 

For a complete schedule of Festival events, click here.


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