Carriage Towne News
---- — HAMPSTEAD —St. Anne’s 32nd annual Summerfest will be held on Sat., July 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. They have lots of fun planned for the whole family, and look forward to seeing you there!
This year’s Summerfest features their 21st Lakes Race and Fun Walk - a fan favorite! The Lakes Race includes a certified five-mile road race and a 5K fun walk. Registration for the Lakes Race and Fun Walk begins at 7:30 a.m., and both events begin at 9:00 a.m. The race is just the beginning of an action-packed day at the Summerfest, and you will find free live entertainment, crafters and artisans, a car show, emergency vehicles on display, cash and gift raffles, gift basket raffles, a silent auction, a bake sale, a baking contest, hot food and cold treats, bounce tents, face painting, games for all ages (including a fun Water Blaster game), and free family games.
The festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a procession from the bandstand to the statue of St. Anne in front of the church, and all are welcome to join. Next, the whole field opens for games and crafters and the games are quite diverse, from bounce tents, to water blasters, to chess! For the new Baking Contest, you may drop entries off on Sat., July 27, from 10:00-11:45 a.m. for any (or all) of the four categories: apple pie, cookies, yeast bread (as a loaf, and pre-sliced), and cupcakes. There will be a charge of $5.00 per entry, and ribbons will be awarded for the top three in each category. Judging begins at 12:00 noon, and this year, you may enter for a chance to be a guest judge! The Cruisin’ Car Show will be held in St. Anne’s parking lot from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; come show off your special car! There will also be Hampstead Emergency Vehicles on display and for touring from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. At the Silent Auction on the field (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.), you’ll be sure to find some great deals! (Great business promotion, too, if your business would like to donate something.) Speaking of great deals, you won’t believe the beautiful gift baskets that people have donated to the gift basket raffle! Be sure to try for a chance to win one of these fantastic gift baskets between 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free Family Games will run from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., so if you like a little friendly competition, come join in the fun! Be sure to stop by the free concerts, when the ever-popular Steve Blunt and Marty Kelley take the stage at 12:00 p.m. for some rockin’ kids’ music for the whole family! Also back by popular demand from 1:00-3:00 p.m. is the Timberlane Community Band, a 40-piece band that plays favorites for all ages! Finally, you’re sure to be dazzled when Hampstead Dance Academy takes the stage from 3:00-4:00 p.m. to show off local talent.
Free admission, free parking, and handicap accessible. St. Anne’s is are located at 26 Emerson Avenue, Hampstead. To register online for the race, to download a schedule of events, or for general information, visit www.saintannechurchnh.org and click on “Summerfest” at the top. Contact Cheryl Hess at 603-329-6465 with any questions.