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Previous Teddy Bear Picnic at the farm. Courtesy photo.




Teddy Bear Picnic

Where: Charmingfare Farm, 774 High St., Candia
When: Saturday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain date is Sunday, July 12 
Cost: $19 per person, free for children under 23 months 
Visit: visitthefarm.com




A day for the bears
Charmingfare Farm celebrates National Teddy Bear Picnic Day

07/09/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



National Teddy Bear Picnic Day is a real thing, and Charmingfare Farm will celebrate it on Saturday, July 11 — the day after the official teddy bear “holiday” — by inviting kids to bring their favorite bears to the farm’s Teddy Bear Picnic.

“Yes, it’s a real, official day,” Linda Ellis of Charmingfare Farm said. “This is our fifth year doing it, and we like to celebrate it because it makes for a fun day for families and children, and the farm is a great venue to hold a picnic, so it correlates well.”
The picnic has a full schedule of teddy bear activities.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids can play a game of Hide ’N Seek Teddy, where they’ll have to find the stuffed teddy bears hidden around the farm. The bears could be in the trees, the rock walls or anywhere in between. Parents are welcome to help and join in the fun.
The farm’s black bear keepers will give a talk at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on how they care for the farm’s bears, Baxter and Cindy Lou, and answer any questions the kids have about bears.
At noon and 2 p.m., kids can join in the Bear Games, such as a log-rolling contest and other activities that bears might like to do.
Dr. Byron, the Bygundo Bear Catcher will perform a dramatic reading of “Going on a Bear Hunt” and share bear facts and stories about his life as a naturalist at 12:30 p.m. 
Make sure your teddy bear is in tip-top shape at the Teddy Bear Check-Up at 1 p.m. A “bear doctor” will take each teddy’s heartbeat, check their eyes and ears and give them a health assessment.
Kids are encouraged to get creative and dress their bears up for the occasion. One of the highlights of the day, Ellis said, is the Teddy Bear Parade, held at 1:30 p.m., when kids can march through the farm and present their bear fashions.
“It’s really adorable how excited they are to show off how they decorated their bears,” Ellis said. “They’ll dress them in bonnets or pearls or a T-shirt with a funny saying on it. It’s definitely a tradition.”
Families can bring their own picnic lunch or they can purchase hot dogs and hamburgers from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There will also be opportunities for pony rides from 11 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., as well as tractor train rides and horse-drawn trolley rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“It’s a fun summer day to spend with the family,” Ellis said. “You think of it as just for younger kids, but it’s ageless. We have parents bring their bears and babies bring their bears, and it’s really a fun day for everyone.”
 
As seen in the July 9, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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