Holiday Events

Magical Christmas Memories Begin at Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village pulls out all the stops during the holiday season when thousands and thousands of glittery lights add to the magic of a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and create memories to last a lifetime. The family park features 18 Christmas-themed rides, visits with Santa’s reindeer and elves, a 3-D “A Tinderdoodle Christmas” show, and shops brimming with gift ideas. Be sure to dress warmly. Christmastime hours: November 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 27, and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks Estate

Choose the perfect Christmas tree at The Rocks Estate this season. Add a festively decorated wreath for the front door. Relax during a horse-drawn carriage ride through frosted fields overlooking the magnificent Presidential mountain range. Roast some marshmallows at the fire pit. Browse for gift items in The Marketplace, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 6 through Christmas Eve. Select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18.

Kick Off the Season at Littleton’s Holiday Parade

Everyone loves a parade and Littleton’s Annual Holiday Parade down Main Street is one of the best, featuring floats, bands, kids, animals — and, of course, jolly Old St. Nick himself. Kick off the holiday season in style during this event, beginning at noon on Friday, November 24, and then explore the town’s excellent shopping and restaurants for a fun-filled day.

Olde Tyme Christmas is a Lancaster Tradition

Lancaster’s downtown will sparkle and shine with festive decorations on Thursday, November 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. during Olde Tyme Christmas, a night to stroll the streets and get into the spirit of the season. For a jolly good evening, begin your holiday shopping by browsing the crafters and vendors at the Town Hall and Colonel Town Rec Center, try your hand at cookie decorating, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, enjoy plenty of food and, of course, plan a visit with Santa at the Town Hall.

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, on November 25, is a nationally designated day that encourages consumers to support small, local businesses. Shopping locally at small businesses throughout the northern New Hampshire region on the 25th and throughout the year helps to keep the dollars you spend right here in the North Country community. Check with your favorite shops and restaurants — many merchants offer special deals and promotions on Small Business Saturday.

Lancaster Fair

Don’t miss this year’s Lancaster Fair held at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.

For almost a century-and-a-half, the Lancaster Fair has been an end-of-summer tradition, with plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. Along with agricultural activities like horse shows, oxen pulls and sheep dog trials, the Lancaster Fair features a colorful midway with exciting rides, 4-H exhibits, musical entertainment, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in farm tractor and big rig truck pulls, pie eating contests, tantalizing fair food, and featured entertainment and it’s easy to see why this fair spans five days and dozens and dozens of events.

One low price includes one-day admission, midway rides and concert. There is plenty of parking and camping is available on site.

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2017

CONTACT: Carol Fusaro, 603-228-0836, [email protected]

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

— Family friendly activities from carnival games and rides to rip-roaring motorized competitions; Special Grandstand Show with Country Music Supergroup Sawyer Brown on Saturday, September 2 –

LANCASTER, NH – The annual Lancaster Fair, northern New Hampshire’s largest summer event, begins Thursday, August 31 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 4 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.  Now in its 147th year, the Lancaster Fair marks the end of summer by celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage with a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. There’s carnival rides and games, farm animal competitions, top-notch music performances – this year’s headliner is country music supergroup Sawyer Brown – motorized competitions, food, and special activities for the kids. ATVs are welcome and parking is free. Campsites are available on site.

Here is an overview of what Fairgoers can see and do:

  • Fun rides and games – all free with admission:  From the flashing lights of the Ferris Wheel to the kiddie rides to all types of carnival games, the Fair’s large midway offers fun and thrills for all ages.
  • Fascinating Animal Shows: Farm animals and their owners compete for the blue ribbon, and the hard work of the 4-H students is on display. Each day of the Fair features oxen and horse pulls, sheepdog trials, working steer shows, and horse drills.
  • Great entertainment, including country supergroup Sawyer Brown:  The Lancaster Fair features a wide range of entertainment, including a Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Fireman’s Muster, and the 22nd Annual Classic Car Cruise Night. On Saturday night, Sawyer Brown brings their high-energy music to the Fair grandstand. They have been making music and touring for more than 30 years. More than fifty of their singles have entered the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number one singles. On Friday night, The Hitmen will be playing a variety of 70’s classics to modern hits. Local musicians and singers will also be performing throughout the Fair.  All these performances are free with paid admission.
  • Rip-roaring, motorized competitions: It’s all about the horsepower at the Fair’s paid ($10 admission) grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine at 1 pm and a 4 x 4 Truck Pull at 6 pm on Sunday, September 3, and the popular Demolition Derby at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 4. Drivers are coming from as far north as Canada and as far south as New Jersey to participate in these high-octane, motorized competitions. Other competitions include a lawn-and-garden tractor pull on Saturday and a traditional tractor pull on Monday.
  • Special activities for the kids: Along with the midway rides, the Fair’s Kids’ Korner tent has crafts, daily ventriloquist shows, scavenger hunts, train rides, pedal tractor pulls, and other contests. Children can practice farming at special Farmer-for-a-Day stations and compete in their own power-wheel demo derby on Saturday, September 2 at 1 pm.
  • An amazing agriculture showcase: See northern New Hampshire’s finest vegetables, plants, fruits, flowers, and homemade crafts in special exhibitions, including 4-H exhibits.

Food stands will be serving pizza, grilled sausage with pepper and onions, French fries, fried dough, apple crisp, and ice cream among other offerings. One of the food vendors is Robbie Lemos of Annemarie’s Catering. “Our family has been involved in providing food at the Lancaster Fair for 52 years, and over that time we have seen the Fair grow and offer more choices for food and entertainment,” said Lemos. “We enjoy seeing our customers and the other vendors each year.”

Another Fair vendor that has a long history with the Fair is North Country Ford in Lancaster. “It started with my dad in the early 1980s, and now my brother and I bring our inventory to the auto sheds at the Fair each year,” said Keith Kopp, North Country Ford partner. “We look forward to participating each year, as it is a great opportunity for us to meet new people and connect with our existing customers.”

Dreamland Amusements, which supplies midway rides and games to country fairs in the eastern US, has been working with the Lancaster Fair since 2006. “Each year, we try to change the flavor of rides a little bit. This year, we are introducing the 93-foot-long Wacky Worm, a nice family roller coaster,” said Bob Destefano of Dreamland Amusements. “The Lancaster Fair is a great way to mark the end of summer with lots of fun activities and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.”

Lancaster Fair Ticket Information

The Lancaster Fair is open rain or shine. General admission is $15 on Thursday, Friday, and Monday and $17 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free for children under 36 inches (when accompanied by a paying adult). Seniors 70 and older get in free on Thursday and Monday and at a reduced admission ($10) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A season pass is available for $65. Rides are included and open at 12 pm on Thursday & Friday and 11:30 am Saturday through Monday.

There is an additional $10 charge for the following grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine on Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm, 4×4 Truck Pull on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm, and the Demolition Derby on Monday, September 4 at 3:30 pm.

Parking is free. Camping sites available on the fairground. Call 603-237-8143 or register for a campsite at lancasterfair.com.

Fair Sponsors

The sponsors for the 2017 Lancaster Fair are: A&P Landscaping & Building, Aaron’s Repair Center, Bailey Funeral Home, Beattie Enterprises Inc., Cabot Creamery, Cameron Seal Coating,  Chappy’s Concessions, Cloutier Sand & Gravel, Crane & Bell CPAs, Dreamland Amusements, Eversource, Farm Family Insurance, Fitch Fuel Plumbing & Heating, Forbes Farm, Geo. M. Stevens & Sons Insurance, King Arthur Flour, Lancaster Eye Care, Marshall Insurance Agency, Mascoma Savings Bank, McDevitt Trucks, MOMS, Mountain View Dental, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Ford, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Poulin Grain, Senator Jeff Woodburn, Stratham Tire, Town & Country Inn and Resort, Union Bank, W.W. Berry Transportation Inc., Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers, and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

For more information, call 603-788-4531, email i[email protected], or visit lancasterfair.com.

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Find Old-Fashioned Country Fair Fun at the Lancaster Fair! August 31 – September 4

A spectacular end-of-summer event for 146 years, the Lancaster Fair celebrates its roots with traditional agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in an exciting and colorful midway, motorized competitions like the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a Grandstand performance by country music band Sawyer Brown and you have all of the ingredients for an extravagant five-day celebration.

This year’s Lancaster Fair runs from from August 31 – September 4 and, as always, there is plenty of free parking.

With its old-fashioned country fair flavor, the Lancaster Fair has garnered praise as the best in New Hampshire. Covering 65 acres with wide, clean midways, on-site camping and one low price that includes admission, midway rides and concerts, there is plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. The Fair is ATV-friendly, too, so ride in on your rig and get in on the fun.

Fair highlights include the hilarious Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night featuring antique and classic cars, the rockin’ and rumblin’ Big Rig and 4×4 Truck Pulls, Power Wheel Derby, and the always-popular smash-em-up Demolition Derby.

Children will find lots to do at Kids Korner, with plenty of kid-friendly activities, free train rides every day, a Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest, Chocolate Pie Eating Contest, and daily performances by ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk.

On the Grandstand stage on Friday evening, get ready for The Hitmen Band, five musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frankie Valli, Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, and Blood Sweat & Tears.

The winners of the first “Star Search” television variety show in 1985, the Sawyer Brown band has been making country music for more than 30 years. Hits include “Step That Step,” “Six Days On The Road,” and “Some Girls Do.” They’ll be bringing their outstanding brand of country music to the Grandstand stage on Saturday night with a crowd-pleasing performance. Both Grandstand shows are free with paid admission.

One low ticket price includes all Midway rides and the concerts. General admission on Thursday, Friday and Monday costs just $15. On Saturday and Sunday, admission costs $17. Free admission for seniors 70 and older on Thursday and Monday, and $10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (does not include rides). Current/active military receive $2 off admission. Children who stand under 36 inches get in free with a paying adult. A season pass, including rides, costs $65.

Grandstand admission prices for the Big Rig Truck Pull, 4×4 Truck Pull and the Demolition Derby are $10 for each show.

The Lancaster Fair is located on Route 3, just north of the junction of Routes 2 and 3. A complete schedule of events is listed on the Fair’s website at www.lancasterfair.com.

For Camping Reservations call (603) 237-8143 or email [email protected].

MOMS Lancaster Celebrates New Store with Grand Opening, July 22 & 23

North Country on- and off-road riders now have their own go-to powersports store with the Grand Opening of MOMS Lancaster, at the junction of Routes 2 and 3 in Lancaster.

The two-day celebration, on July 22 and 23, will introduce customers to MOMS product selection and service, with giveaways, free food and entertainment, a car show, and celebrity appearances, including New England pro football players.

The MOMS shopping experience includes warehouse-scale product selection, extensive inventories of apparel and accessories, and the very best customer and technical service:

  • Polaris off-road vehicles, including Sportsman ATVs, RZR, RANGER, ACE, and GENERAL models
  • Polaris snowmobiles for trail, deep snow, and rec/utility riders
  • STIHL chainsaws and power products for home and commercial use
  • The North Country’s largest selection of premium guns and ammo
  • Accessories for off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and motorcycles
  • Riding gear for all riders in all seasons, and branded sportswear
  • Technical service to keep riders’ vehicles and power equipment running its best
  • Pre-owned motorcycles, including sport bikes, cruisers, off-road, and street bikes.

MOMS Lancaster’s Grand Opening will feature special prices on select products, free ice cream, and live entertainment. Professional chainsaw artist Alan Reynolds will create wood carvings using STIHL chainsaws, and a STIHL factory rep will be on hand to offer product information. Drawings will be held for door prizes, including STIHL power products, firearms, and ammo (no purchase necessary).

For off-roaders, there will be a free ATV wash using a STIHL pressure washer, along with a car and motorcycle show with MOMS North Country sponsoring the Best of Show and Best Motorcycle trophies.

Local, county, and state dignitaries are expected for the ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Ample parking is available, and the service department will be open both days.

MOMS Lancaster is easily accessible by off-road riders and snowmobilers on area trails, and to motorcyclists and Polaris Slingshot riders touring the area.

Founded in 1973 in Manchester, N.H., the family-owned MOMS business and its brand are familiar to riders throughout New England and eastern Canada. In addition to the Lancaster and Manchester stores, MOMS dealerships can be found in Foxboro and Revere, Mass.

The company is the Northeast’s powersports leader, offering a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles, unmatched customer service, outstanding technical service, accessories, and apparel. MOMS dealerships offer personalized financing to suit each customer’s unique needs.

The company is among the top five U.S. dealers for Indian Motorcycle, Slingshot, and Polaris off-road vehicles. In just two years of carrying Yamaha motorsports products, MOMS is among the leaders in U.S. sales of Yamaha products. MOMS dealerships also offer vehicle rentals through EagleRider.

Fuller’s Sugarhouse is a Sweet Family Affair

Fuller’s Sugarhouse’s pure maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy is sold all over the world — and for good reason. The syrup has been judged “Best in the World” by the North American Maple Syrup Council, and Fuller’s has been awarded the Carlisle Trophy for “Best Maple Syrup in New Hampshire.” Other accolades include making Gourmet magazine’s Top Ten list, and having their maple candy featured in Rachel Ray’s EveryDay magazine as one of the top mail order treats in the US. The best accolade of all is the repeat business of hundreds of customers who won’t purchase their syrup anywhere but at Fuller’s.

Proud owners Dave and Patti Fuller, assisted by Dave’s brother Ed, have built their business from 200 taps and 40 gallons of syrup in 1972 to more than 10,500 taps that produce an amazing 4,000 gallons of syrup!

At Fuller’s Sugarhouse, quality and customer service are #1. A state-of-the-art maple evaporator ensures you are receiving the very best New Hampshire maple syrup available. The secret, says Dave, is in the boiling process and ensuring the maple syrup reaches the correct density.

Open 7 days a week year-round, Fuller’s is especially busy during maple season, when the sap flows and they are boiling. Visitors are invited to stop in for a tour and an explanation of the sugaring process and try an old-fashioned delight, sugar on snow, which is usually available during this time. Groups of people wanting a tour are asked to give a day’s notice, if possible.

Fuller’s Sugarhouse is participating in New Hampshire Maple Weekend on March 25 and 26, a statewide celebration of maple sugaring, when more than 100 sugarhouses around the state welcome visitors with special events and tastings

The Sugarhouse’s fully stocked country store at 267 Main Street in Lancaster, features pottery, artwork, and handmade kitchen items, along with a wide variety of maple products. Fuller’s specializes in gift baskets. All mail orders are filled promptly, and Fuller’s ships around the world.

Can’t get to the Sugarhouse? Fuller’s products are sold in stores and specialty shops around the state, including Whole Foods in Bedford and Nashua, the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the I-93 Hooksett Visitor Center General Store, on both the north and southbound sides, and the I-95 Hampton New Hampshire Made Store, both north and southbound, as well as in Massachusetts and Vermont. Fuller’s website has a complete list of locations.

Fuller’s pure maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes. Visit the website to discover dozens of recipes that will convince you to keep the delicious syrup on hand for all your cooking needs.

Fuller’s is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

www.fullerssugarhouse.com