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Sumo wrestling at the Goffstown SpringFest. Courtesy photo.




SpringFest

When: Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Goffstown High School, 27 Wallace Road
Cost: $3 for adults, free for kids age 12 and under. Some activities have an additional cost.
Visit: goffstownlions.org




Spring fun for all
Games, food and more at Goffstown SpringFest

04/07/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 Put on a sumo suit or grab a foam-padded jousting pole at the Goffstown Lions Club’s second annual SpringFest.

Happening Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Goffstown High School, it will feature a large kids carnival area, games, food provided by local restaurants and bakeries and an expo area with 90 local businesses and community organizations.
In years past, the Lions Club hosted a spring business expo to help promote Goffstown area businesses, but last year, the Club decided to rebrand it as a more festival-like community event.
“It totally exceeded our expectations,” event coordinator Scott Gross said. “We had well over 2,000 people attend, and so many families and kids and folks from all over the state. It was great to see that it’s not just a Goffstown event, but more of a southern New Hampshire event.”
The Kids Zone located toward the back of the gym will feature bounce houses and slides, an inflatable jousting arena, laser tag, sumo wrestling and face painting. Adults can participate in most of the activities too.
Each activity in the Kids Zone costs an additional fee, but there is a $10 package option that grants unlimited access to the bounce house and slides plus a few vouchers to participate in the games.
In the cafeteria, a mini “Taste of Goffstown” fair will feature around eight or nine local restaurants and bakeries selling food and offering samples.
The main expo area will be accompanied by a DJ, and Max the Manchester Monarchs’ mascot and several other costumed characters will be mingling and taking pictures with visitors throughout the day.
New this year, there will be a money booth game where, for a small donation, people can go inside the booth and try to catch as much flying (fake) money as they can for a chance to win gift cards. They may also catch coupons from local businesses while they’re in the booth.
The local business and nonprofit exhibitors will have a variety of product demonstrations, giveaways and prizes, samples, coupons, raffles and more. The Animal Rescue League will also be there with some adoptable animals for visitors to meet.
“I think that, on top of the kids area and the food and the businesses and community groups, [SpringFest] is just a great way to escape the winter blues, get out and see your neighbors you haven’t seen over the winter and start the spring season,” Gross said. 





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