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Kids participate in a sack race at a previous Summerfest.




St. Anne’s 34th Annual Summerfest

Where: Hampstead Town Green, Emerson Ave., Hampstead
When: Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission; race registration is $30 
Visit: saintannechurchnh.org 




Summer fun in the sun
St. Anne Church holds annual Summerfest

07/23/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you’re looking for a fun, free summer outing with the family, head to the Hampstead Town Green for St. Anne’s 34th Annual Summerfest on Saturday, July 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fest will have a road race, car show, games for all ages, live entertainment, food and more.

“It’s been going on for a long time,” said Cheryl Hess, event publicity coordinator. “Even though it’s put on by St. Anne, it’s really a draw for the whole community. There is a wide range of things to do for all ages, and we add different things each year to keep it fresh.”
The day will commence with the 23rd annual Lakes Race & Fun Walk, with registration and a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the race launching at 9 a.m. near the Hampstead Old Meetinghouse. The race is 5 miles long on a USA Track & Field certified course. Trophies will be awarded to the top runners, and ribbons to the second- and third-place runners, for male and female divisions and age divisions. The non-competitive 5K Fun Walk will also begin at 9 a.m.   
“The road race is a big thing,” Hess said. “People put that on their calendars and come every year for it.”
The festival will be underway on the Green starting at 9 a.m. with midway games and prizes, face painting and a bounce house. The arts and crafts fair and the bake sale, which Hess said are the biggest attractions next to the road race, will be open all day.
New at the festival this year are the water blaster and sumo wrestling games, which both kids and adults can participate in.
There will be numerous raffles throughout the day for both cash and gift basket prizes, as well as a silent auction. 
Raffle prizes and auction items may include gift certificates, sports or movie tickets, household items and more, all donated by local businesses. The biggest cash raffle prize is $500.
Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to the end of the day with hamburgers and hot dogs, veggie burgers, Italian sausage, frozen treats and more.
Kids may be excited to see a special visitor at the festival this year. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Snow Queen Elsa from Disney’s Frozen will be around to sing and take pictures with her fans.
Families will go head-to-head in the family games from 11 a.m. to noon, which include tug of war, potato sack races, three-legged races and more.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cruisin’ Car Show will be up for viewing as well as a touch-a-truck area for kids with the Hampstead emergency vehicles.
Live entertainment on the stage will include the Hampstead Dance Academy at 11 a.m., a capella women’s quartet Accidental Charm at 12:15 p.m., children’s pop musician Judy Pancoast at 1:15 p.m., and singer-songwriter Pete Peterson at 2:15 p.m. to close out the day.  
“Summerfest can entertain anyone in your party, from grandparents to adults to teenagers to kids,” Hess said. “You’re bound to find something, if not multiple things that everyone you’re with will enjoy doing.”
 
As seen in the July 23, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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