Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Kingston Days will have something for everyone

If you're looking for something fun this weekend, a visit to Kingston Days might be the perfect way to entertain the kids. The 14th annual festival, held on the Kingston Plains along Main Street, will dish out something for everyone with everything from a corn eating contest and magic shows to music, games and hot air balloon rides.

If you're thinking about going, check out the complete schedule. You'll be amazed at all the stuff planned over the three days. Here's a link.

The festival kicks off Friday night (Aug. 1) with food, music and hot air balloon rides on the Kingston Plains and a steak and lobster bake at the Kingston Fire Department. Friday’s activities will be capped off with fireworks at the Bakie School on Main Street around 9:15 p.m.

The festival is held rain or shine and continues Saturday with a full day of activities, including a pancake breakfast, road race, flea market, children’s parade, hay rides, a horseshoe tournament, various demonstrations, craft fair, and corn-shucking and corn-eating contests. A climbing wall an bungee jumping will also be available, along with a presentation by the Sanborn Regional Middle School, dancing by members of Steppin Out Dance Academy, and music provided by various bands. Magician B.J. Hickman will be on hand as well.
Several area restaurants will also serve up food Saturday and Sunday during the annual “A Taste of Rockingham County.”

Sunday’s events include an antique car show, a canoe and kayak race, puppeteer Martha Dana, a performance by the University of New Hampshire’s Little Red Wagon, children’s entertainer Wayne from Maine, Dan Grady’s marionettes, karate demonstrations, and a pie-eating contest.

The festival was held for the first time 14 years ago to mark the town’s 300th anniversary and it’s been going ever since thanks for a committee of 12 volunteers who put in long hours to pull it off.

So carve out some time to check out some of the events. I'll be there covering for the Union Leader, but I'm planning to bring the kids along as well. I love these reporting assignments where I can have some quality family time while getting paid.

See you there!

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