2016 Events & Activities

Home and Harvest Festival (2016) poster13th Annual Antrim Home & Harvest Festival — September 16-17, 2016

This autumn, spend a weekend visiting the Antrim Home & Harvest Festival, a fall festival here in beautiful and historic downtown Antrim, New Hampshire. This traditional New England harvest festival features arts & crafts, a home-grown parade, fireworks by Atlas Pyrotechnics, kids games, live music and lots of food. Admission to most events is free (food extra) and you’ll find something for everyone in the family.

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Home and Harvest, Still “Nothing Like It”

Antrim Should be very proud of our Home and Harvest Festival! The 11th event had to work around cold temperatures and rain showers but despite that, thousands showed up and enjoyed a great event.

Downtown was once again flooded with people and vendors showing off their wares. We have so many talented folks who come to the festival to demonstrate what they do while having great fun with it. Brad and Ella Kemp work at getting the vendors organized for the festival months in advance.

The parade is still the highlight of the festival; just to see the different floats and the Conval and Hillsborough marching bands is always a blast. To be in a float and hear the cheers and feel the support of the town is awesome. Christa Salamy announce all of the participants including the float winners which this year were, The Festival of Trees, Edmunds Hardware, and Monadnock Mountaineers.

I personally, get a big kick out of looking at each float and the various marchers as they line up on Elm St and North Main; all excited to entertain Antrim. After all it’s the spirit of the Town of Antrim that makes the Home and Harvest Festival special!. Ted Brown’s hard work always makes the parade shine!

Of course, the Fun and Games are always a great deal of fun for all; it’s is a great time for all of the kids, even the teens. Just watching whole families enjoying Bouncy Houses, Climbing Walls and Bungee Jumping is something everyone enjoys and looks forward to. Jonas Taub and his group of volunteers do a fantastic job of organizing the fun and games, Thank you Jonas.

The music up and down Main St and at the fireworks continues to entertain and shows the talent we have in our town as all the performers are home grown and excellent!

This year Sunday night capped off the Festival with a great cookout and Atlas Fireworks, as always, are the best! Christa and Chris Salamy and staff do a super job of hosting such a fun night that finished off the weekend for the 11th straight year.

I had fun with the Pizza Toss Challenge for M.S. Nick be me 24” to 20” to see who could toss the largest pie. Brian Murphy tossed a 16’ pie and tied with two others for a worthy cause. Definitely and event that adds fun to the festival while contributing to the M.S. Society.

Home and Harvest has gotten so big in town that it seems every special group and business gets involved and help raise dollars in order to continue to be a special part of our town. I am thankful that Antrim has something for all ages to look forward to each year.

Special Thanks to the Home and Harvest Committee who work almost year round to make it happen. Rick Wood takes care of the Roller Skating and Wii contest;Dave Kirkpatrick makes the Skateboard Slalom Races happen, while Barbara Reynolds handles the Free Style Skating. Countless other volunteers donate their time and energy.9yes we are exhausted when it’s over). While another one of my side kicks, Paul Dugan, gets the PR out and is always helping me out as well; can’t forget the Antrim Police Department who do a great job keeping us safe along with the Antrim Fire and Rescue. It truly is a town wide team effort, to continue to make Home and Harvest “Nothing Like It”.

Next year’s dates will be September 18, 19 and 20th 2015. One big change will be the Fireworks and Cookout will be on Friday Evening, with Sunday being for the skaters.

New ideas are always good, but I should point out, if you have an idea be prepared to put it into action. Some ideas being discussed are a Battle of Marching Bands and Cheerleader Teams; with another possibility being Kayak racing across Great Brook.

We are always looking for volunteers, perhaps you or your group would like to raise money by helping with the Fun and Games.

My closing thoughts on Home and Harvest are, I still believe there is “Nothing Like It”, for this simple reason; We, our committee and many of our fine people of Antrim have a talent; and I believe everyone has something they can do to make our Home and Harvest Festival better every year. You just have to step out on faith and do it!

Thanks
Rick Davis
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