The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Festival-goers enjoy a dog sled ride at the Fire and Ice Festival in Portsmouth. Courtesy photo.

6 wintry events
Year of Awesome 2016


Whether you prefer to watch from the sidelines or want to get in on the action yourself, these big events are sure to keep the wintertime exciting.

Laconia will host the 87th annual World Championship Sled Dog Derby from Friday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 14, with races beginning at 10 a.m., each day. The event is managed by the Lakes Region Sled Dog Club and sanctioned by the International Sled Dog Racing Association. Races will include a 15-mile unlimited race and six-mile six-dog, three-dog and one-dog races. Teams compete for trophies and cash prizes, and an awards ceremony will be held on Sunday at 4 p.m., at Laconia Country Club (607 Elm St.). Visit for the map and full schedule.
Don’t miss the 6th Annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship, held at White Park (at the intersection of White and Washington Streets, Concord) from Friday, Jan. 29, to Sunday, Jan. 31. Divisions include men’s and women’s open and open-recreational, men’s 35+ and men’s 50+. Games will be held in 4-on-4 Round Robin style on eight different rinks. This year, there will also be live scoring available via mobile device and online. There will be food and drink vendors at the event as well as a shuttle bus service that will run to and from the park while stopping at various downtown restaurants. More information and a full schedule will be posted on 
Don’t be afraid to take the Plunge! On Sunday, Feb. 7, at noon, participants in the Penguin Plunge will run into the icy cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire. This year’s theme is U.S.A. Registration costs $50, and participants are asked to raise at least $350. Visit 
On Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, thousands of fishers from all over the country will convene at Meredith Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith and water bodies around the state for New Hampshire’s largest fishing event, The Great Rotary Ice Fishing Derby, presented by the Meredith Rotary Club. Prizes will be awarded for the best catch in various categories. The ice on Meredith Bay will be transformed into a family-friendly carnival-like atmosphere with vendors and bob houses. Tickets cost $30. Visit for official derby rules and a list of eligible fish. 
Do something different this Valentine’s Day and embark on a snowy adventure at the Massabesic Audubon (26 Audubon Way, Auburn). The inaugural Raven’s Race 5K Snowshoeing Event will take place Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., in the fields and woods on the center’s property. You can go it alone or bring your Valentine to compete in the Couples Division. Awards will be given to the top finishers. Stick around for some hot chili after the race. The entry fee is $20 before Jan. 20, $25 from Jan. 21 to Feb. 10 and $30 after Feb. 10. For more information or to register, visit 
The Queen City will become a green city when the 21st Annual Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade makes its way downtown on Sunday, March 20. The parade kicks off rain or shine at noon from the Brady Sullivan Tower on Elm Street and proceeds down Elm to Veterans Park. Visit If you’re looking to get your green on before the parade arrives, join in the Northeast Delta Dental Shamrock Shuffle happening downtown earlier that day. The two-mile race begins at 11:15 a.m. in front of Veterans Park. The 100-yard Kids’ Leprechaun Runs for kids 8 and under will be held at 10:30 a.m. Online registration costs $25 for adults 21+, $20 for youth 12 to 20 and $10 for kids 11 and under. Race-day registration costs $30/$25/$10. Be sure to show your St. Patty’s pride by wearing green. Visit

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