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Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2009

Top 20 New Hampshire Events for 2009
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MAY 9: AMHERST, Amherst Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Offering more than 1,300 locally grown hardy perennials at Wilkins School. Annuals, hanging baskets, heirloom vegetable plants, unique herbs, hostas, a raffle table of garden products, garden-accessory vendors, and more. 603-673-7054;

MAY 9-10: CONTOOCOOK, New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival. Held every Mother’s Day weekend at Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, with vendors, workshops, and fiber-related animal demonstrations and shows both days. Sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, and more. 603-747-3869;

MAY 22-24: DANBURY, “Best of the Wurst” Festival. Indulge at the Alphorn Bistro with a three-course prix-fixe dinner showcasing fresh bratwursts and schnitzels, German beer, spaetzle, trachten (traditional costume) contests, live German music, and more. Dine-and-stay packages at the Inn at Danbury. 866-326-2879, 603-768-3318;

JUNE 6: ENFIELD, Country Life Festival. Celebrate living in harmony with the land at Enfield Shaker Museum. Find cheeses, honeys, herbs, cider, and maple syrup; enjoy crafts demonstrations and horse-drawn wagon rides; and don’t miss author and journalist Walter Paine reading from his children’s story Cousin John. Stay to end the day with a “hoedown,” contra dancing, chuckwagon supper, evening campfire, and ghost stories. 603-632-4346;

JUNE 6: PORTSMOUTH, Chowder Festival. This kickoff event to Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2009 summer season is so popular you’ll want to arrive early before the chowder pots are empty. Sample all the offerings and then cast your vote for the best in the “People’s Choice” contest. 603-436-2848;

JUNE 13-21: LACONIA, Motorcycle Week. Get ready to share the roads as more than 400,000 visitors descend upon Weirs Beach. Motorcycle races, hill climbs, touring, contests, and shows are all traditions. 603-366-2000;

JUNE 19-20: PORTSMOUTH, Pocket Gardens of Portsmouth. Annual walking/biking tour. Private gardens in one of Portsmouth’s charming neighborhoods, including the gardens of a selected historical home, will open to ticket holders. Enjoy light refreshments and live music. 603-436-4762;

JUNE 23-AUG. 25: SULLIVAN, Apple Hill Chamber Music Concerts. World-class guest soloists join Apple Hill’s string quartet in concert Tuesday evenings. Reserve a seat for the concert and for the preconcert dinner. Or if the skies hold, spread out a blanket and picnic on the grounds. 603-847-3371;

JUNE 28: LANCASTER, Stark Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest. An annual event, fun for the entire family, at Lancaster Fairgrounds; approved by the New England Fiddlers Association. 603-788-4531;

JULY 9-12: HILLSBOROUGH, Balloon Festival and Fair. More than a dozen hot-air balloons fill Grimes Field. Plus midway, live entertainment, fireworks, a parade, road race, tractor pulls, and an artists’ fair. 603-464-3077;

JULY 11-12: JAFFREY, Jaffrey Garden Tour. This house and garden tour will also feature demonstrations and “build-your-own” projects for “fairy houses”–miniature garden fixtures for children and adults alike. 603-532-7168;

JULY 16-18: CONCORD, Market Days and Summer Music Festival. There’s fun and entertainment for people of all ages, plus two great bands on the main stage each night. Area nonprofits educate visitors about their services; shop, eat, play and enjoy Concord’s largest summer festival. 603-226-2150;

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Updated Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

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