Enjoy a Moose-tastic Time at the North Country Moose Festival
Chow down on moose burgers! Compete during the moose calling contest! Enter the Moose Festival Cook-off! Take part in the Moose Cruise Parade! Join a Wild Moose Discovery Tour!
Celebrate all things moose during the 22nd Annual North Country Moose Festival, August 23-25, in Colebrook and the neighboring towns of Pittsburg, West Stewartstown and Errol in New Hampshire, and just across the Connecticut River in Canaan, Vermont.
The three-day extravaganza pays homage to the North Country’s largest and most photographed animal with dozens of moose-themed activities — good food, music, a day-long country fair, auto show, entertainment, fireworks and more. Don’t forget to buy a Moose Festival raffle ticket for a chance to win terrific prizes.
The fun begins on Friday, August 23, on Colebrook’s Main Street, with a Street Fair and sidewalk sales, black powder shooting exhibit, boomerang demonstration, Bobo the Clown, a chicken barbecue, and music by the Carlton Hill Band and the Parker Hill Road Band. The Moose Cruise Parade at 7 p.m. is always a favorite, and the day ends with a fabulous fireworks display at 9 p.m.
Saturday delivers more moose-related fun just across the Connecticut River in Canaan. Begin with the Moose Watchers Breakfast (7-10 a.m.) to fuel you up for a full day of activities. Browse the Moose Country Fair, admire the classic cars on display at the Moose Festival Auto Show, and enter the Moose Festival Photography Contest. Sample, judge and enjoy real moose stew during the Moose Festival Cook-off, enjoy moose burgers during the barbecue cookout, and sign up for the Moose Calling Contest at 1 p.m. Other activities include horse and wagon historical tours, maple syrup tasting and competition, the 11th Annual Dog Show, and music from the Carlton Hill Band.
On Saturday, Moose Festival activities in Pittsburg include hayrides at Maple Ridge Farm, a traditional ham and bean supper at the Pittsburg Community Hall, and a Blue Grass Concert under the stars at the Amey Farm. Bring your blankets or chairs and relax under the stars to the music of the Parker Hill Road Band, Uncommon Folk, Back Shed String Band and Kerry Smith. Dancing is encouraged!
On Sunday, West Stewartstown hosts a Festival Breakfast at St. Albert’s Church from 7:30-11 a.m., and the Blessing of the Autos takes place at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Colebrook at 10:30. Families with children will want to spend some time in Errol, where there is a Fishing Derby and competitions for kids 13 and under, a flea market, Umbagog Wildlife presentation, and live chainsaw carving. Return to Colebrook for a 7 p.m. concert at the Tillotson Center to the tunes of Canadian Blues, Charlie A’Court and His Band.
Before heading home, leave some time to cruise Moose Alley and other North Country moose hot spots. Get directions at the North Country Chamber of Commerce booth in Colebrook, or download the NH Grand Moose Map.
The North Country Moose Festival, held the 4th weekend of August every year, is coordinated by the North Country Chamber of Commerce. View a complete schedule of at www.northcountrychamber.org