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Warner Fall Foliage Festival

Where: Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main St., Warner
When: Friday, Oct. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday Oct. 7, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Parking is $5 and most events are free to spectators. The five-mile race is $25 for advanced registration and $30 for day of registration. An All-U-Can-Ride midway bracelet costs $15 on Friday and $17 on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit: wfff.org
 
Schedule 
Friday, Oct. 6
6 to 9 p.m. Midway - $15 All-U-Can-Ride Bracelet
6 to 9 p.m. Family Dance Party 
7 to 10 p.m. The DoBros
 
Saturday, Oct. 7
7 to 9:30 a.m. Country Breakfast
9 a.m. 5-mile Road Race - Registration Starts at 8 a.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts & Farmers Market
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Library Book and Bake Sale
9:30 to 6 p.m. Oxen/Woodsman Competition
10 to 11 a.m. KCPA Bye Bye Birdie Young Performer’s Edition
10 a.m. Midway Opens
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Annie & The Natural Wonder Band 
11:45 a.m. Lobster Dinner & Chicken BBQ opens
1 p.m. Children’s Parade - Assembles at 12:45 p.m.
1 to 2 p.m. Kathy Lowe
2 to 3 p.m. Will Hatch & The Opined Few
3 to 5 p.m. Questionable Company
4 to 8 p.m. Midway - $17 All-U-Can-Ride Bracelet
5 to 6:30 p.m. Country Dinner
7 to 10 p.m. Kat Wright
 
Sunday, Oct. 8
7 to 9:30 a.m. Country Breakfast
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Crafts & Farmers Market
9 a.m. to  4 p.m. Library Book and Bake Sale
9:30 a.m. Kids’ 1-Mile Fun Run - Registration at 9 a.m. 
10 a.m. Midway Opens
10 to 11 a.m. Kids’ Dance Party
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Studio 2 The Beatles Tribute 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oxen/Woodsman Competition
11:45 a.m. Lobster Dinner & Chicken BBQ Opens
12:15 p.m. Ice Cream Eating Contest 
1 to 2 p.m. Grand parade (theme: “70 Years of Change”)
2 to 3:30 p.m. East Bay Jazz Ensemble
4 to 5:30 p.m. Brad Myrick & Friends 
2 to 6 p.m. Midway - $17 All-U-Can-Ride Bracelet




A colorful tradition continues
Warner celebrates its Fall Foliage Festival

10/05/17
By Ethan Hogan



 This year’s Warner Fall Foliage Festival celebrates its 70-year history and all the volunteers who have helped run it, from Friday, Oct. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 8.

“[We’re] paying tribute to 70 years of people in the community working together to pull this thing off,” said John Whalen, board member and volunteer for the festival.
The festival celebrates New England’s fall foliage from the perspective of a picturesque New Hampshire town, according to Whalen. In fact, the festival is what made Whalen decide to live in Warner in the first place.
“We actually attended one of the foliage festivals 18 years ago and it’s one of the main reasons we bought a house here,” said Whalen. “The thing that was so cool is that when you think of a quaint New Hampshire town, that’s what Warner really looks like. Usually, around Columbus Day weekend, everything is red and gold.”
The three-day outdoor event kicks off Friday evening at 6 p.m. with discounted midway rides and a bluegrass performance by The DoBros band at the Main Street Warner stage. 
Saturday and Sunday host the bulk of the events with parades, entertainment and activities happening throughout various areas around Main Street.
Whalen said Saturday’s parade is geared toward kids, with floats designed and made by children. Sunday’s Grand Parade will have fire trucks, a marching band and floats made by sponsors.
Whalen said the Woodsmen games that caught his attention all those years ago are still being held today. Men and women compete in wood-chopping-related events like axe throwing and log sawing. During the axe throw, competitors hurl double-edged axes at a wooden target.
“They usually put a can of soda in the middle so when it hits a bullseye, it explodes,” said Whalen.
The oxen pulls are another tradition that continues to draw a crowd. Oxen from a local farm drag a metal weighted sled through the dirt in a show of strength.     
New to this year’s festival is a beer and barbecue tent, which will be next to the main stage so guests can enjoy their drinks during the weekend’s performances. The beer is provided by Amoskeag Beverages of Bow.
“It was an element that was always missing and people were asking for,” said Whalen.
Other highlights include a 5-mile road race Saturday morning. Whalen said the course has stayed the same for years and many local runners know it by heart. The 1-mile kids’ fun run on Sunday morning has kids wearing costumes and running with their parents.
Throughout the weekend, there will be midway rides for kids. 
Musical entertainment includes Kat Wright, a soul and funk musician whose performance on Saturday is the headlining musical event of the weekend, according to Whalen. 
Sixty-seven artisans making wooden crafts, postcards, sauces, jams, jellies, mittens, body scrubs, soaps and other New England-based products will be featured at the festival market. 





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