2011 Press Release

For Immediate Release
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Antrim — Four new events, plus a concert by blues legend Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, headline this year’s Antrim Home and Harvest Festival, September 16, 17 & 18.

Luther Johnson, a Grammy-winning Chicago blues artist and now Bennington resident, will be playing with R&B band Brian Murphy and the Bursitis Brothers during the Saturday night barbecue at Tenney Farm. Johnson was a former guitarist with blues legend Muddy Waters in the 1970s and now leads own band, the Magic Rockers.

“We’re grateful for Luther Johnson’s participation this year,” said Antrim Home & Harvest director Rick Davis. “He’s a world-class artist, and a real draw for the festival,” he said. He added that the Bursitis Brothers will play for the first 90 minutes of the barbecue, and Johnson will join them for the last hour before the fireworks.

Kicking off the weekend’s activities on Friday night is the Ghost Dinner Band at Antrim Town Hall from 7 – 11 p.m. Local favorites, GDB plays rock, grunge and psychedelic rock, including many original songs. This event is a substance-free event.

Two new events on Saturday this year are the “redneck regatta,” taking place 2 p.m., a two-person obstacle course race across Antrim’s mill pond behind town hall, and a new fine arts exhibition organized by the Spectrum Art Association at Tuttle Library from 10:30 to 2:30. Also added this year is a powderpuff football game, featuring the mothers of Monadnock Mountaineers players at Shea Field, near Antrim Elementary
School at 2 p.m. Beginning at noon, test your downhill skiing skills in the upstairs of Antrim Town Hall, using a projector and Microsoft Wii equipment.

Several events return this year to the festival, including the Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships, one of North America’s largest skateboard slalom races, which draws racers from throughout the U.S. and Canada. About 40 racers are expected this year, including Louie Ricard, one of the world’s top racers. Racing begins with qualifying on Friday, continues throughout Saturday. The freestyle skateboard competition also returns this year, featuring local skaters showing their acrobatic skills, as well as a demonstration by the Eastern Boarder professional skate team, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

This year’s parade includes both the ConVal Regional High School and the Hillsborough – Deering High School bands, and the Shriner’s band as well. Community organizations and businesses are encouraged to construct a float for the parade, and a trophy will be awarded for the best entry. The parade organizes at the intersection of North Main Street and Rt. 31 at 11 a.m., with the parade kicking off at 11:30. Contact Ted Brown at 588-2886 for more parade information.

Along Main Street, behind town hall and in front of the post office, the arts and craft fair will offer more than 60 jewelers, potters, painters, quilters and other artisans and their wares. Also located in front of the post office, the children’s games include bouncy houses and “water wars,” a water balloon slingshot game. All the games are free, but require parents to be watching their children. Children’s games this year will be run by the Antrim Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

“One of the great things about Antrim’s Home & Harvest Festival is that most everything is free,” said Rick Davis. “Most of our events are sponsored by local companies and organizations, which keeps the cost low for families. That’s really important in this economy, and we appreciate the generosity of all of our sponsors,” he said.

Food is available throughout Saturday at local restaurants, street vendors, at the First Presbyterian Church breakfast at 8 a.m., and at the chicken barbecue at Tenney Farm beginning at 5 p.m. The barbecue includes chicken, corn on the cob, chips and a drink, or a hot dog or burger.

Saturday’s festivities end with fireworks by Atlas at Tenney Farm beginning at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available at the Rymes gas tanks on Rt. 202 and at Frameworks on High Street, but residents are encouraged to park in downtown lots and to take the shuttle from Antrim Village and town hall. Parking is no longer allowed on Rt. 202 for safety reasons.

The weekend’s activities wind up Sunday as the Antrim Can/Am Slalom Championships continue with the giant slalom racing from 9 a..m. to 2 p.m., and the Bravest vs. Finest softball game at Shea Field, pitting the Antrim Fire Department vs. the Antrim Police Department.

For more detailed information and a printable schedule, Antrim Home & Harvest Festival has a new website, www.HomeandHarvest.org, or you may contact us.

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