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The 29th annual Weare Rally is a family-oriented event hosted by the Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors Club. Courtesy photo.




29th annual Weare Rally

When: Thursday, July 28, through Sunday, July 31, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday
Where: Behind the Center Woods Elementary School, 14 Center Road, Weare
Cost: Free admission. Food prices vary. There is limited free parking on field; free parking at the school with a $5 family fee for shuttle bus transportation to the field. 
Visit: mvmvc.org/weare-rally




Military throwback
Weare Rally returns for four days of fun

07/28/16
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 The largest military vehicle demonstration in New England will roll into Weare Thursday, July 28, for four days featuring military Jeeps and tanks on display, Army-style grub, trail rides, a huge flea market and more. 

The free event is hosted by the Merrimack Valley Military Vehicle Collectors Club, which formed in 1986. Organizer Larry Damour said anyone who is not a member of the club is welcome at the rally, for just a day or for a whole camping experience.
“We try and always hold events that are family-oriented and that generally have some kind of educational benefit,” Damour said.
Damour said the Weare Rally started as a display of 15 to 20 vehicles with only 12 to 15 families camping out in tents. But it has grown to more than 100 types of vehicles and has thousands of visitors each year. 
The event is held at a large field behind the Center Woods Elementary School in Weare.
“It’s really in the middle of nowhere,” Damour said. “There’s no electricity or running water.”
He said there are designated areas for campers and RVs and one for tent camping. 
A mess tent complete with an Army-style fuel kitchen will be set up each night to serve food. Damour said the first night on Thursday will feature a clambake with lobster steamers and corn on the cob, at about 5 p.m. On Friday night, a spaghetti dinner will be served, followed by a prime rib dinner on Saturday night.
“Everything is cooked at the fuel kitchen, with no electricity under the tent,” he said. “It’s almost cafeteria style, like it is in the Army. Even the meal tickets are copies of the World War II U.S. Army meal tickets. None of the other military vehicle clubs in New England do meals like these. It’s one of the things that is unique to our rally.”
Other food options will include Angelino’s Sausage House in Hillsborough, as well as a Good Humor ice cream truck.
Each day, the rally will feature a series of military vehicle displays and scenic trail rides across some of the dirt back roads in Weare’s surrounding towns.
“We have people come in with big trucks, small trucks, Jeeps and even several tanks,” Damour said. “We’re the only club that does a trail ride for tanks.”
One of these trail rides visits the Pleasant Pond in Henniker for anyone interested in going for a swim and cooling off.
“It’s a very busy rally. There’s always something going on,” he said.
Damour said there are no strict hours of operation.
“Typically, most of the activities start at 8 a.m. and wind down around 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” he said. “But some of the trail rides will run until well past midnight each night, because some of them are with vehicles with blackout lights. People can just really kind of come and go on their own, though.”
Damour said Sunday is usually the day designated for cleanup. 





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