Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2012
MAY 12-13: DEERFIELD, Sheep & Wool Festival. Alpacas, llamas, and sheep, oh my! And don’t forget the Border collies. Held at Deerfield Fairgrounds this year, you’ll be able to watch the action at the sheepdog trials and the best-in-show competition. Also enjoy exhibits and demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and shearing, and take in informative sessions on caring for the animals. nhswga.com
MAY 8, 18, 23: PORTSMOUTH, Writers on a New England Stage. Three dates in May, each devoted to a single author at The Music Hall. First up is Erik Larson, discussing his best-selling account of life in prewar Nazi Germany, In the Garden of Beasts. Next is celebrated novelist Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and four other riveting thrillers, who will discuss writing, moviemaking, science, religion, and more. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen visits to discuss her candid and funny memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. 603-436-2400; themusichall.org
MAY 18-20: CENTER HARBOR, 30th Winni Fishing Derby. Competitive anglers from all across the country will gather at Lake Winnipesaukee for a chance to claim bragging rights and a shot at the more than $50,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded. 603-848-3474; winniderby.com
MAY 19: PETERBOROUGH, Children & the Arts Festival. The downtown streets are closed to vehicles but bustling with activity, including a “Giant Puppet Parade,” music, dancing, art walk, food, and fun for all ages. childrenandthearts.org
MAY 27: JACKSON, Wildquack Duck River Festival. Put your money on one of 3,500 rubber ducks floating downriver in a race to the finish line; plus a kids’ duck parade, silent auction, baked-goods sale, pony rides, “Cake Boss” competition, obstacle course, and other activities, all at Jackson Village Park. 603-383-9356; jacksonnh.com
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