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Warner Fall Foliage Festival

When: Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11
Where: Downtown Warner
Cost: Free admission. Some activities have a fee. 
Visit: wfff.org




A colorful weekend
Warner hosts annual Fall Foliage Festival

10/08/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Celebrate the beauty of autumn at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival, happening Friday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Oct. 11. Home to the scenic Mount Kearsarge, Warner has hosted the festival since 1947 as an invitation for people to experience the town and its stunning display of foliage. The event features entertainment, food, a midway, a road race, a parade and more, all in the downtown area.

“Around this time, when the foliage is changing and so many people are driving through [New Hampshire], we try to highlight the beauty of our town,” said Joan Saunders, festival board president. “It’s laid out at the foot of the mountain with a great view of a lot of trees, and there’s a lot of places in town that have incredible stands of old forests.”
The festival begins on Friday at 6 p.m., with live music and the opening of the midway, which will run until 9 p.m.
Festivities on Saturday and Sunday will commence at 7 a.m. with the country breakfast. The craft fair, featuring over 80 booths of textiles, pottery, painting, photography, jewelry and more made by artisans from across New England, will open at 9 a.m., along with a farmers market. Enjoy rides at the midway beginning at 10 a.m., with all-you-can-ride bracelet specials from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Grab some tasty eats at the Lobster Dinner and Chicken BBQ at 11:45 a.m., and enjoy live music and other entertainment throughout both days.
Get the full experience of Warner’s foliage by participating in the 5-Mile Road Race on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The race course goes down Main Street, through the Waterloo covered bridge, over Bean Hill and into the Mink Hills. Kids will have their own 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday at 9:30 a.m., with refreshments and a post-race dance party.
The main highlight of the festival is the Grand Parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. Each year, the parade has a different theme. This year’s theme is “Works of Art Brought to Life.” There will be awards for the best floats, including the float that made the best use of foliage.
“You can’t miss the Grand Parade,” Saunders said. “Warner is a town full of artists and creative people, so it’s amazing to see what they come up with.”
Kids will march in an informal parade on Saturday at 1 p.m. Anyone can show up and join, and paraders are free to get creative and express themselves through costumes or outfits, talents and tricks, or they can just tag along for the march.
Check out two very different competitions on Sunday. Beginning at 11 a.m., woodsmen from all over New England will compete in a series of challenges to prove their skills at the Woodsmen Competition. At 12:15 p.m., competitors will fight through harrowing brain freezes at the ice cream eating contest.
“There are so many different events happening at the same time, it’s hard for anyone to find something they wouldn’t love to see or do,” Saunders said. “It brings friends back [to town] and families together to just enjoy the foliage and the town and the people.” 





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