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17th Annual Exeter Fall Festival 
Where: Swasey Park, downtown Exeter
When: Saturday, Aug 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Visit: exeterarea.org/event/exeter-fall-festival




Autumn in August
Exeter celebrates Fall Festival early this year

08/20/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Pumpkins, hay rides and colorful foliage are right around the corner, and Exeter is welcoming the new season with its 17th Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Swasey Park. The festival will have a variety of live entertainment, crafters and vendors, children’s activities and more. 
The festival usually happens in September or October, but for the past three years has coincided with Exeter’s Annual Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival. 
“We don’t want to infringe on other community events,” said Lynn Dow, Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce event marketing and operational director. “We decided it would be best to split up the brew fest and fall fest, so that’s why we chose August. The joke [at the Chamber] is it’s a fall-ish festival. It’s not quite fall, but it’s close enough.” 
The festival will continue its traditional activities despite the earlier date, but a few adjustments needed to be made. For the past 10 years there has been a scarecrow contest in which businesses, families and individuals create a scarecrow display, which must incorporate pumpkins, prior to fest day, and people vote at the festival for the best displays. However, with the fest happening earlier than pumpkin season, the contest this year is of sea creature displays, which must incorporate watermelons instead. 
There will be live entertainment on two stages throughout the day. On the Swasey Park Pavilion Stage, three bands will perform: Granite Planet (10 a.m.), Bel Airs (noon) and Charlie Foxtrot (2 p.m.). Adagio Dance Academy will do a demonstration (11 a.m.), and illusionist Bob Fellows will do a magic show (3 p.m.). One of the main highlights of the fest, Dow said, is the Wildlife Encounters (1 p.m.), a 50-minute educational wildlife show that features different animals each year. In addition, there will be an exhibit with the wildlife set up for the duration of the fest. 
“The Wildlife Encounters always draws a big crowd,” Dow said. “It’s entertaining to both young and old, and it’s something new every year, so it’ll be interesting to see what [the wildlife educator] brings down for us.”
Performing on the Squamscott River Stage will be children’s musicians Johnny the K (10 a.m.) and Wayne from Maine (2 p.m.) and children’s storyteller Shawn Middleton (noon). There will also be music by Tito Mambo (11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.), martial arts demonstrations by NH Martial Arts Academy (11 a.m.) and Karate International (1:30 p.m.) and a Zumba demonstration with Studio 10 Fitness (1 p.m.). 
Fall Festival will also feature over 80 craft and food vendors, two rock-climbing walls, face-painting, kids’ crafts, a bounce house and balloon twisting (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Mrs. New Hampshire USA Tonya Knightly will be at the fest for a portion of the day. New additions to the fest this year include a touch-a-truck area, a police K9 demonstration (time TBD), a duck race (3 p.m.) and the Roaming Railroad Train, a trackless Thomas the Tank Engine-esque painted train that can shuttle up to 27 kids and adults (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). 
“There’s a dime-a-dozen fests around this time of year, but I think our fest is unique because most of the entertainers and people involved are here in Exeter,” Dow said. “There’s a community feel to the whole thing. Everyone’s bringing something to the party.” 
 
As seen in the August 20th 2015 issue of the Hippo. 





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