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Jul 22, 2019








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43rd annual Market Days Festival

When: Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Main Street and Statehouse lawn, Concord
Cost: Free admission; $5 wristband for all day access to miniature golf and children’s play area on Statehouse lawn. Some food and activities may require an additional fee.
Schedule of events
• Kids’ play area and miniature golf on the Statehouse lawn: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Evo Rock climbing wall: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Touch-a-Truck: Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.
• Granite State Roller Derby presentation: Thursday, 7 p.m.
• Title Boxing demonstration: Friday, 2:30 p.m.
• Companion dog training demonstration: Friday, 4 p.m.
• Pound Zumba demonstration: Friday, 5 p.m.
• Lone Wolf Cruisers Car Club car show: Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
• Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K: Saturday, 8 a.m.
• YMCA obstacle course: Saturday, 10 a.m. to noon
• Strong Man competition: Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m.

Market madness
Intown Concord presents Market Days Festival

By Matt Ingersoll

 New Hampshire’s largest free community event is returning for a 43rd year — and it’s bigger than ever. 

With Concord’s Main Street Project reaching completion in November, the annual Market Days Festival will take advantage of the new street arrangements with even more attractions than before. 
This year’s festival will be held rain or shine Thursday, June 22, through Saturday, June 24. During these dates, Main Street in Concord will be closed off from Centre Street to Pleasant Street just in front the Concord Food Co-Op, giving way to hundreds of local vendors, demonstrations, live music, children’s and family activities.
“Concord definitely takes great pride in the festival … and it’s really great to see because all of the people involved think of ways to be more creative and engaged with the visitors,” said Kate Fleming, events and outreach coordinator for Intown Concord, which organizes the festival every year. “Plus, because of the new Main Street, the sidewalks are so much wider, so there won’t be as much of an overcrowded feeling at the festival.”
The festival will focus on its southern section this year, according to Fleming.
“We learned that South Main Street hadn’t really been an area where many people congregated for the festival in the past, so we’ve been doing a lot more promotion down there,” she said. “So we’ll have live performances there on the park stage, we’ll have outdoor movies shown by Red River Theatres, and this year we’re also going to have an old Concord Coach out on display courtesy of the Abbot-Downing Historical Society.”
In all, nearly 200 vendors will set up shop all within the enclosed area of the festival, Fleming said, offering products, demonstrations and much more.
“What’s neat about it is that we have a lot of vendors who have been here for years, and we also have some that are brand new not only to the festival, but to the city as well,” she said, “so it’s become such a draw.”
New vendors include Gems First, a custom jewelry design shop offering consultations, and Live Free and Smile, who offer photo booth services. Title Boxing will have a booth and demonstrations on Storrs Street, and members of the Marine Corps will also be there with a dunk tank on Saturday.
For food, enjoy local favorites like Holly’s Fried Dough, Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Arnie’s Place, The Barley House, Constantly Pizza, Wild Bill’s Soda and more.
Along with the returning Touch-a-Truck exhibit, this year there will be an experimental airplane from the Concord Municipal Airport and a helicopter from the Pembroke-based JBI Helicopter Services. There will be opportunities to sit inside the airplane and helicopter and talk with the pilots.
Special one-day events include a demonstration by the Granite State Roller Derby on Thursday at 7 p.m., a classic car show presented by the Lone Wolf Cruisers Car Club on Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and the return of the Strong Man Competition on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K, happening for its second year, will take place during the festival for the first time, Fleming said. The race will kick off on Saturday at 8 a.m. and travel down Park Street by the Statehouse before going south on Main Street past the vendors.
Also returning to the Statehouse lawn for this year’s festival will be a family fun area from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days with crafts, a bouncy house, a miniature golf course and a children’s play zone. 

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