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Kids will be takin’ it to the streets during this year’s Market Days in Concord. Courtesy photo.




Market Days

Where: Downtown, Main Street, Concord
When: Thursday, July 17, through Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free
Visit intownconcord.com
Email: liza@intownconcord.org




Market Days goes back to the beginning
Downtown Concord celebrates like it’s 1974

07/17/14



 To celebrate four decades of Market Days, the downtown Concord event is being sent back in time to the era of afros, bellbottoms and disco.

Liza Poinier, operations manager with Intown Concord, said this year’s Market Days, happening  Thursday, July 17, through Saturday, July 19, will host festive activities to celebrate its ’70s roots, including a ’70s scavenger hunt, which will send participants into various shops and restaurants around the downtown area looking for “’70s type objects” (expect an 8-track to be on the list). Attendees are also encouraged to dress in ’70s-style clothing, which Poinier said is what she’s most excited for.
“This will be fun for anybody who wants to dress up,” she said. “I, of course, will be digging out some bellbottoms.”
Another new addition to the festival this year will be a custom mini-golf course in the City Plaza. A dozen golf holes have been constructed by different businesses, including the Rotary Club of Concord, Merrimack County Savings Bank, and SMP architecture, which presented Intown Concord with the idea.
And then there are the attractions that have made the event an annual classic. Along with the enormous array of street vendors, face painters, craft brews stands and food trucks, the third annual Truck Pull (sponsored by the Concord Public Safety Foundation to raise funds for its K-9 unit) will have teams of 10 pulling one of the city’s 45,000-pound fire trucks.
“It’s really fun to watch. There’s a big crowd to cheer on the team,” Poinier said. “Last year and the year before that, there was a team of all women called ‘Women on fire.’ They were so strong and fantastic … and marvelously costumed.”
Poinier said live music is one of the biggest draws to Market Days. Performances will take place all over downtown: Eagle Square will be featuring headliners The Axis Band and Day Janeiro, and Bicentennial Square will be hosting a handful of local bands, as well as The Shardz, HOLMES, and The Dusty Gray Band (see page 64 for a more in-depth look at Market Days music).
“No matter where you go, there’s tons of stuff to eat and to buy. All of Main Street is open for business so people can see all the neat shops we have. I think that’s the main reason we have this is to bring people downtown to show off our amazing community right here in the heart of the capital city,” Poinier said.
Though the Market Days festival in Concord is going “over the hill” this year with its 40th anniversary, Poinier says that the festival plans to keep pushing itself “over the top.”
“One challenge — I wouldn’t even call it a challenge, exactly —  is that we’re always trying to make [the festival] better every year and make sure we put on a phenomenal show,” said Poinier. “There’s a lot to do between now and the start of the festival, but we’re getting it done, and it’s going to be a heck of show.” 
 
As seen in the July 17, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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